Orthodox Christian Study Topics



In the Name of Choice. Since January of last year, the Antiochian Department of Missions & Evangelism has been making a new documentary about abortion. The documentary is now available for free on YouTube. The nine-episode series is about women who feel trapped or forced into abortion and those who are responding with help. Watch the series here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-kNZLm1VGuoh8-fQ_cJfWCF-AicmPnES 

Resource 1. Real Choices: Listening to Women, Looking for Alternatives to Abortion Resource 

Resource 2.  Zoe for Life Resource 

Resource 3. The Justice Foundation’s “Center Against Forced Abortions” 

Resource 4. Operation OutCry 

Resource 5. Heartbeat International Resource 

Resource 6. Your Parish Priest

Becoming An Orthodox Christian.

Resource 1. Jordan Peterson on Orthodox Christianity https://youtu.be/ClGKmklPHns (The first 3:15) | Jonathan Pageau – Jordan Peterson and Orthodoxy https://youtu.be/CjisvNngxmU | Jordan Peterson on Orthodox Christianity | Compilation https://youtu.be/2G3MsDh2ci8 |

Resource 2. Father Stephen Freeman – Why Did You Become Orthodox? https://youtu.be/8FDfIApLAN8 | Father Stephen Freeman – How Has Your Outlook Changed Since Becoming Orthodox? https://youtu.be/tXybLJcDqHY | Father Stephen Freeman – Orthodoxy 101: For Enquirers https://youtu.be/XezBHcYO8kE | Father Stephen Freeman – What Advice Would You Give to the Newly Orthodox? https://youtu.be/F1LEggzzwus 

Resource 3. Rod Dreher – Why Did You Become Orthodox? https://youtu.be/WY0i8utE3XI 

Resource 4. Father Peter Heers – On Becoming Orthodox & Going Deeper https://youtu.be/aGyNOcJc-UM 

Resource 5. Father Gregory Mathewes Green – Advice for Enquirers and Recent Converts to Orthodox Christianity https://youtu.be/54NiPF_Q8ws 

Resource 6. Father Gregory Mathewes-Green – Why Did You Become Orthodox? https://youtu.be/j4caVAK5CZA 

Resource 7. Frederica Mathewes-Green: Why Did You Become Orthodox? https://youtu.be/T7Y4R_Jh8wQ 

Resource 8. Dr. Edith Humphrey – Why Did You Become Orthodox? (From the Salvation Army to the Orthodox Church.) https://youtu.be/aP4RgoVpo1k 

Resource 9. 2018 – Bible Answer Man Hank Hanegraaff about his conversion to Orthodoxy https://youtu.be/qOsDK_BIeF8 

Resource 10. How Orthodoxy Saved Me From Myself with Frederica Mathewes-Green (podcast) https://youtu.be/RtkTbK2CVmM 

Resource 11. Father Moses Berry – On Not Trusting Oneself https://youtu.be/hTar1V04xiY

Resource 12. The Shocking Truth about Christian Orthodoxy – John Behr https://youtu.be/Gy-gCEWh5-4

Commemoration of Those Who Have Fallen Asleep.

Parish Newsletter  https://conta.cc/34TYpEY 


Dr. David Bradshaw – The Cappadocian Fathers as Founders of Byzantine Thought https://youtu.be/RRLWyTKA6gs 

Fear of Death.

Resource 1. Why You Shouldn’t Fear Death—Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives Us (Hank Unplugged Podcast) https://youtu.be/d1vuFCb56_0 | Reference texts. Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives Us and What We Can Do About It|Why Did God Let That Child Die?

Resource 2.Facing Up to Death || John Behr https://youtu.be/tNLx1olpWOQ

Resource 3. Fr. John Behr – Death – The Final Frontier https://youtu.be/Oqv7luPo9Ws


Resource 1. ICONS AND THEIR INTERPRETATION https://russianicons.wordpress.com/

Resource 2. Icons Explained: Christ Pantocrator (Mt. Sinai) https://youtu.be/v0dVnUJkT2A

Resource 3. Pantocrator, a description of the Sinai Christ Icon https://youtu.be/gfMbRRFc30k

Resource 4. Christ Pantocrator compared to the Shroud of Turin https://youtu.be/60pqKi30T-o

Resource 5. Georgian Master Iconographer: Amiran Goglidze https://orthodoxartsjournal.org/georgian-master-iconographer-amiran-goglidze/

Resource 6. Georgian Wonder https://orthodoxartsjournal.org/georgianwonder/

Ideology and Christianity.

Resource 1. “I’m a Christian and a Marxist” | Jordan B Peterson https://youtu.be/fvmn1wLglak 

Resource 2. Is Neo-Marxism on the rise? | Jordan B Peterson https://youtu.be/G7e_BaXU3mA 

Resource 3. Hitler’s Rise to Power | Jordan B Peterson https://youtu.be/K-w5pHGEDHE 


Resource 1. The Gulag Archipelago 50th Anniversary Edition (text) with Forward by Jordan Peterson

Resource 2. The Master And Margarita (by Mikhail Bulgakov) (English) All chapters in one audio file

Resource 3. The Grand Inquisitor – John Gielgud https://youtu.be/om6HcUUa8DI

Resource 4. Diving Into Dante’s Divine Comedy https://youtu.be/0R2N5v4sN9A

Living Your Orthodox Faith.

Resource 1. Hieromonk Gabriel – Greatest Temptation for Orthodox Christians https://youtu.be/yk4N45ED45E 

Resource 2. Dr. David Bradshaw – Orthodoxy & Politics https://youtu.be/fr98ksNClCk 

Resource 3. Dr. David Bradshaw – Orthodoxy & Philosophy https://youtu.be/5BG2W1W8LPE 

Resource 4. Dr. Edith Humphrey – C. S. Lewis and Orthodoxy https://youtu.be/p-_PzEbNFIE 

Resource 5. The Power of Holy Beauty https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/orthodoxbridge/the-power-of-holy-beauty/

Resource 6. An Orthodox sermon on isolation and loneliness in the modern world https://youtu.be/seG4H4vttzg


Resource 1. Orthodox Christian Teachings: On Prayer. https://youtu.be/-Hu71TsjTEM 

Resource 2. Metropolitan KALLISTOS Ware – What is Prayer? Orthodox Christian Lecture https://youtu.be/AqTLTUxMGbQ (lecture begins at 5:46) 

Resource 3. Morning & Evening Prayers : Read in Monotone out of the Jordanville Prayerbook#1/2 https://youtu.be/z6fo5EnsoNU 

Resource 4. The Psalter. http://www.synaxis.info/psalter/5_english/c_psalms/kjvsept.pdf

Resource 5. I Have Believed: Christ and the Psalms https://youtu.be/vECuSYOIZxs

Resource 6. The Psalms and Our Salvation with Father Patrick Reardon https://youtu.be/FwGBKd6h76E

Resource 7. “Why the Cross?” Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon (English) https://youtu.be/qwNXGF9upjc

Resource 8. Prayer in Our Daily Life. Archimandrite Irenei (Steenberg) https://youtu.be/fiKbvWkezPI

Psychological Self-Reflection.

Resource 1. You Will Never Look At Life The Same | Jordan Peterson https://youtu.be/r-oNXuLDIfU 

Resource 2. How To Know Yourself | Jordan Peterson https://youtu.be/1gdHZ3wDiZc 

Resource 3. Fears of the Modern World. Archimandrite Irenei (Steenberg) https://youtu.be/C-SvCcP59VM

Resource 4. The Inner Man // Father Zaharia Zaharou – A Spiritual Quest https://youtu.be/0p0qwhDPOjw


Resource 1. St. Alexander of Munich: A Modern Confessor in the Face of Tyranny https://youtu.be/fJVijyyGZig 

Resource 2. St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and All-Russia https://www.oca.org/saints/lives/2016/04/07/101016-repose-of-saint-tikhon-patriarch-of-moscow-enlightener-of-north | https://www.oca.org/fs/st-tikhon-of-moscow | https://orthodoxhistory.org/2015/04/20/who-was-st-tikhon/ | https://orthochristian.com/86631.html | https://orthochristian.com/88587.html 

Resource 3. Seeking Perfection in the World of Art: The Artistic Path of Father Sophrony | Orthodox Arts Journal | Christable Helena Anderson | January 3, 2019 https://orthodoxartsjournal.org/seeking-perfection-in-the-world-of-art-the-artistic-path-of-father-sophrony/ 

Resource 4. ‘Being’, The Art and Life of Father Sophrony | Orthodox Arts Journal | Christable Helena Anderson | September 3, 2020 https://orthodoxartsjournal.org/being-the-art-and-life-of-father-sophrony/ 

Resource 5. St. Moses the Ethiopian of Scete https://www.oca.org/saints/lives/2020/08/28/102414-venerable-moses-the-ethiopian-of-scete 


Resource 1. The Garden of Eden as Cosmic Structure – St-Ephrem the Syrian https://youtu.be/RXGdaJFIB8M

Resource 2. Christmas as The Anchor of Reality https://youtu.be/bsbbn_nKUKQ

Resource 3. Divine Patterns in The Life of Moses https://youtu.be/-drIcL5bkpk

The Holy Mysteries.


Resource 1. Theosis and the Sacramentshttps://youtu.be/d1GKFVoiX0c 

Resource 2. Kallistos Ware: Salvation & Theosis https://youtu.be/FbnWQY-We9k 

The Holy Mystery of Baptism. 

Resource 1. What is the Orthodox Perspective on Original Sin? https://youtu.be/SRgPKrD31fU 

Resource 2. St. Augustine & Original Sin https://www.oca.org/questions/teaching/st.-augustine-original-sin 

Resource 3. The Condition of Sin According to the Orthodox Church https://youtu.be/zDOghjRnhvE 

Resource 4. Baptism https://www.oca.org/orthodoxy/the-orthodox-faith/worship/the-sacraments/baptism 

Resource 5. Baptism https://youtu.be/n94iRABWnOY 

The Holy Mystery of Chrismation. 

Resource 1. Chrismation https://www.oca.org/orthodoxy/the-orthodox-faith/worship/the-sacraments/chrismation 

Resource 2. Chrismation https://youtu.be/KH9jVynj2S0 

The Holy Mystery of The Eucharist. 

Resource 1. The Holy Eucharist https://www.oca.org/orthodoxy/the-orthodox-faith/worship/the-sacraments/holy-eucharist

Resource 2. FOUNTAIN OF IMMORTALITY – Meditation on the Orthodox Divine Liturgy https://youtu.be/hm2qSeiTCfI 

The Holy Mystery of Repentance. 

Resource 1. CONFESSION: The Path to Renewal of the Heart https://youtu.be/iDXQz02KX9c 

Resource 2. A Transfigured Life through Repentance and Grace https://youtu.be/CLOQqzDrNlE 

Resource 3. Rising in Repentance https://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/holyfathers/rising_in_repentance1 

Resource 4. Repentance: The Daughter of Hope https://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/holyfathers/repentance_the_daughter_of_hope 

Resource 5. Back to Forgiveness https://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/holyfathers/back_to_forgiveness 

Resource 6. The Sacrament of Confession https://youtu.be/MVm0r3kR_r4 

Resource 7. Repentance https://www.oca.org/orthodoxy/the-orthodox-faith/worship/the-sacraments/penance

The Holy Mystery of Holy Unction. 

Resource 1. Holy Unction https://www.oca.org/orthodoxy/the-orthodox-faith/worship/the-sacraments/holy-unction

The Holy Mystery of Matrimony. 

Resource 1. Matrimony https://www.oca.org/orthodoxy/the-orthodox-faith/worship/the-sacraments/marriage

The Holy Mystery of Holy Orders. 

Resource 1. Ordination https://www.oca.org/orthodoxy/the-orthodox-faith/worship/the-sacraments/holy-orders

Resource 2. The Orthodox Priest & the Love of God https://youtu.be/6XXwgjnThfE

The Great Schism.

The Great Schism https://conta.cc/3jtuA28 

The Island.

The Island (Russian movie with English subtitles) https://youtu.be/Wz-vegualMg

The Jesus Prayer.

Resource 1. Frederica Mathewes-Green on the Jesus Prayer https://youtu.be/lSsv9_9bOy4 

Resource 2. Kallistos Ware: The Jesus Prayer & Hesychasm (1/2) https://youtu.be/y-EnYXZQ7-s 

Resource 3. Kallistos Ware: The Jesus Prayer & Hesychasm (2/2) https://youtu.be/cu0OJWjZzhE 

Resource 4. Jesus Prayer – Иисусова молитва https://youtu.be/AHP4Z84a_WY 

Resource 5. Kallistos Ware: The Jesus Prayer & Hesychasm (1/2) https://youtu.be/y-EnYXZQ7-s 

Resource 6. Kallistos Ware: The Jesus Prayer & Hesychasm (2/2) https://youtu.be/cu0OJWjZzhE 

Resource 7. The Jesus Prayer with Bishop Simon Barrington-Ward (Please watch it through its ending). https://youtu.be/PxttrnyBC40 

Resource 8. Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer https://youtu.be/pPpyVWbEzEA (A nearly two-hour documentary.) 

Resource 9. Russian Orthodox Chant: Молитва Иисусова/The Jesus Prayer https://youtu.be/C7-VLJxLEV4 


Resource 1. Kallistos Ware: Salvation & Theosis https://youtu.be/FbnWQY-We9k 

Resource 2. Kallistos Ware: God, Scripture & The Philokalia https://youtu.be/GlkDtLvMe6w 

Resource 3. Kallistos Ware: Experiencing God and The Advance on the Path https://youtu.be/EzJvhWrA3k4 

Resource 4. Kallistos Ware: Mystical Theology https://youtu.be/KzQVKVJkx-s 

Resource 5. Kallistos Ware: Beginnings https://youtu.be/Gx31c5d42Xs 

Resource 6. The Cappadocian Fathers as Founders of Byzantine Thought | Dr. David Bradshaw https://youtu.be/RRLWyTKA6gs 

Resource 7. “What is Salvation?” | Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon https://youtu.be/o2LzFp7cFPQ 

Resource 8. “Why the Cross?” | Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon https://youtu.be/qwNXGF9upjc 

Resource 9. The Psalms and Our Salvation | Father Patrick Reardon https://youtu.be/FwGBKd6h76E 

Resource 10. How Are We Sanctified? | Fr Patrick Henry Reardon https://youtu.be/ZttccOufEI0 

Resource 11. Fr. Patrick Reardon on the Truth, Goodness, and Beauty of the Resurrection of Christ https://youtu.be/NqYbYH9Xw-E

Resource 12. The Word “Atonement” https://youtu.be/d41Z29wZs-M 

Resource 13. Radio Interview: Ancient Faith Radio | Dr. Humphrey on her recent book Scripture and Tradition: What the Bible REALLY Sayshttps://www.pts.edu/UserFiles/Media/Audio/edith_humphrey_05112014.mp3 

Resource 14. A Lamp for Today: Understanding the Old Testament With Jesus and the Apostles | Dr. Edith Humphrey https://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/lampfortoday 

Resource 15. Horologion Text (Word Format) https://saintjonah.org/horologion-texts-in-word-format/

Resource 16. The ONLINE Reader Service Horologion https://saintjonah.org/orthodox-liturgical-texts-and-resources/horologion/

Resource 17. Services From the Book of Needs (Word Format) https://saintjonah.org/services-from-the-book-of-needs-in-word-format/ 

More forthcoming.