Orthodox Church Today
Alexei Krindatch

"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 questions:

  • What is the "image" of the Orthodox clergy in the eyes of the ordinary "people in the pews?"
  • To what extent do the social and religious attitudes of the ordinary parishioners reflect those of their parish priests?
  • 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.

Spiral bound, $18.95

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