"The Orthodox Church Today" by
Alexei D. Krindatch presents the results of the 2008 national study of the
laity, ordinary parishioners, in the two largest Orthodox Churches in the United States: the Greek Orthodox
Archdiocese of America (GOA) and the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). The
members of more than 100 GOA and OCA parishes
situated in the various parts of the country participated in this study.
To a significant degree, this work reflects
the profile of an entire Orthodox community in the United States.
The book focused on the personal social and religious attitudes of Orthodox
parishioners and on the patterns of everyday life in their local parishes. In
particular, "The Orthodox Church Today" addresses five broad
What is the "image" of the
Orthodox clergy in the eyes of the ordinary "people in the
To what extent do the social and religious
attitudes of the ordinary parishioners reflect those of their parish
What do parishioners think about “big
questions,” such as future of the Orthodox Church in the US or the problem of
“Orthodox Unity in America?”
What do church members think about daily
Church life in their local parishes?
What do laity think about various issues
dealing with "Democracy and Pluralism in the church," "Changes
and Innovations in the Church," and "Religious
"Particularism' and Ecumenism?"
Numerous comparisons with the US Roman Catholic and various
Protestant Churches make this work especially interesting to a wide audience.