What is the Orthodox Church?

From the Orthodox perspective, the Orthodox Church is a hospital for our souls founded by our Lord Jesus Christ. She (the Church) is able to trace her history and Apostolic lineage in unbroken continuity back to one of the 12 Apostles. As such, she has stood stalwart for twenty Centuries unaltered in her faith and praxis, holding fast to the Catholicity and Orthodoxy of her dogmatic declarations of faith, and in hierarchical and ecclesiological structure. The Orthodox Church is the living body of Christ in this world, and stands as the Pillar and Foundation (ground) of Truth (1 Tim 3:15)

As we believe that the Church is the body of Christ (and the vehicle of Holy Revelation), the understanding of Christ goes hand in hand with our understanding of the Church. Likewise, an improper view, treatment, and understanding of the Church can affect our beliefs and understanding of Christ, and all our theology found therein. This is a malady of the Christian faith I believe we witness today across the Protestant milieu and abroad.

What follows is a breakdown of Orthodox theology on those dogmatic areas of our faith. While certain aspects may be explained somewhat differently based upon their understanding, their overall acceptance and understanding as a whole by the collective voice of the Church is not questioned. This unity, the Catholicity of teaching as regards the articles of faith, is something that is not found within the Protestant milieu.

Ecclesiology - The Orthodox understanding of the Church.

Canonical Tradition of the Church.

Soteriology - The Orthodox View of Salvation

The Incarnation of the Son of God

The Orthodox understanding of the Trinity

The Orthodox distinction between the Essence and Energies of God.

The Orthodox understanding of Theosis, or deification.

The Orthodox Understanding of Creation, and the Human condition.

Hamartiology - The Orthodox understanding of Sin.