Conversion

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In Orthodox circles the term '''convert''' is often used to describe someone who had:
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'''Conversion''' is the process by which a person decides to become Orthodox, as opposed to being brought up in the Orthodox faith from childhood.
  
# no religious beliefs (i.e. atheism)
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A '''convert''', someone who has undergone conversion, may have any non-Orthodox background, including no religious beliefs (i.e., atheism), non-Christian religious beliefs (e.g., [[Islam|Muslim]], Buddhist), or non-Orthodox or heterodox Christian beliefs (e.g. [[Roman Catholic Church|Roman Catholic]], [[Protestantism|Protestant]]).
# non-Christian religious beliefs (e.g. Muslim, Buddhist)
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# non-Orthodox or heterodox Christian beliefs (e.g. Roman Catholic, Protestant)
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and decided to become a Orthodox Christian. In the later case, the individual may be received in the church by [[chrismation]]. In the two former cases, individuals would be received by [[baptism]].
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In the latter case, the individual may be received into the Church by the [[sacrament]] of [[chrismation]], as long as the person has already had a [[baptism]] using the [[Holy Trinity|Trinitarian]] formula ("In the name of the Father, and of the [[Jesus|Son]], and of the [[Holy Spirit]]"). In the two former cases, individuals would be received by the sacrament of baptism, then chrismated.
  
== See Also ==
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==See also==
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*[[Catechumen]]
 
*[[Journeys to Orthodoxy]]
 
*[[Journeys to Orthodoxy]]
 
*[[Cradle Orthodox]]
 
*[[Cradle Orthodox]]
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*[[Metanoia]]
  
[[Category:Church_Life]]
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[[ro:Convertire]]

Latest revision as of 04:53, June 10, 2008

Conversion is the process by which a person decides to become Orthodox, as opposed to being brought up in the Orthodox faith from childhood.

A convert, someone who has undergone conversion, may have any non-Orthodox background, including no religious beliefs (i.e., atheism), non-Christian religious beliefs (e.g., Muslim, Buddhist), or non-Orthodox or heterodox Christian beliefs (e.g. Roman Catholic, Protestant).

In the latter case, the individual may be received into the Church by the sacrament of chrismation, as long as the person has already had a baptism using the Trinitarian formula ("In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit"). In the two former cases, individuals would be received by the sacrament of baptism, then chrismated.

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