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January 4th, 2014 by mark

Episode 9: Dr. Rico Vitz

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In episode nine we talk philosphy and Orthodoxy with Dr. Rico Vitz.

Dr. Rico Vitz

Dr. Vitz is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Azusa Pacific University.  I connected with Dr. Vitz after reading his excellent book, Turning East.  Turning East is a collection of personal essays by a huge number of modern philosophers are also converts to Eastern Orthodoxy.  I had no idea that so many philosopher converts existed, and their stories and insights were a delight to read.  In our conversation we discuss why so many philosophers are converting to Orthodoxy, what philosophy means to Orthodoxy, whether it is compatible with Christianity, and how Orthodox Christians should approach it.  How does an Orthodox philosopher answer questions like, “who is God” and “what is the nature of man?”

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July 25th, 2013 by mark

Episode 7: Michael Coleman

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Michael Coleman

In episode seven we look at a story of a mass conversion through the eyes of one of the participants.  Michael Coleman was raised in charismatic Protestantism, but when he joined a Reformed Episcopal Church after college he found a group of like minded seekers of the early church and a multi-year journey of discovery.  Enjoy this fascinating glimpse into conversion, charismatics, reformed thinking, and the Orthodox Church.

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March 23rd, 2013 by mark

Episode 5: Dylan Pahman

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In episode five we’ll hear from Dylan Pahman, an editor at the Acton Institute, as he tells the story of his conversion to Orthodoxy and about his work at Acton.  Dylan was raised as an Evangelical Protestant.  During college he began studying Reformed Theology, church history, and patristic writings.  Eventually his studies would lead him to question Protestant teachings in general and Reformed teachings in specific, and eventually to abandon Protestantism entirely for the historic Orthodox faith.

Note from Dylan: As a small disclaimer, I would like to say that at one point it appears that I attribute dispensational eschatology to my alma mater Kuyper College, a school in the Reformed tradition (and therefore decidedly not dispensationalist). The sound bite in question actually is about my childhood church, but I did not make that clear enough during the interview, contributing to the mix up. Other than that, though, I think it turned out great and extend my thanks to Conversations On Orthodoxy.