Thursday, December 09, 2010

"Rosetta Stone" for Christians



We definitely need an Orthodox one of these since none of the Archdioceses send the decoder rings to new converts anymore.
H/T Silouan

13 comments:

Mike said...

You know, I've been to that "small group" home Bible study in a previous life ...

Anonymous said...

Very, very funny, but true. As an Orthodox, I found I can't step back into the lingo time warp when talking with Protestants. I start bringing up what these terms mean, and then the Orthodox teaching, etc.. But I think that people are more just reassured when hearing this lingo between each other, rather than mere curiosity of what it all means. Funny and sad.

VSO said...

I never knew that either.

Syrian Fire said...

I caught that little snide remark about "ignoring Joseph."

Ingemar said...

Metanoia. Phronema. Nous. Prosphoron. Artoklassia. Therapeutic not legalistic.

Ingemar said...

Lent. Shrimp. Askesis. Don't forget askesis.

Anonymous said...

I think this is an American issue, as I don't hear cliches in Russia, after living here 8 years. Why is that...?

s-p said...

Anon, That is interesting. Maybe it has to do with what "brands" of evangelicals are missionaries in Russia. The "lingo" thing is definitely a subculture even within Protestantism.

Ingemar, I think I will work on a "Protestantese to Orthodoxese" dictionary and phrase book. Watch for it. :)

Dixie said...

While this was wildly amusing...it left me a little disappointed that this was a parody and the tapes are not really available. Could have had some real fun with those.

A Protestantese to Orthodoxese lexicon would help overcome the disappointment though.

Ariston said...

I have to turn to my wife for a translation when I encounter people like this. WHAT DO THEY MEAN?

JLB said...

"Believing in Sophia."

Wait, what?!

Fr. Gregory Jensen said...

Thanks for this Steve. I especially liked the phrase "unwanted embarrassment." This got me wondering, who, exactly, is "wants to be embarrassed?

AS for the Orthodoxese tapes, count me in--more than happy to help! :)

the daily convert said...

orthodoxese phrases:

the fathers say...

i'm going old calendar for thanksgiving...

i'm going new calendar for the 4th...

are you (enter ethnicity), why are you here?