Archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy
The Law of God for study at home and at school.
The Law of God is not taught in the majority of schools, but all the natural sciences are taught, and from an intensely materialistic point of view. The majority of Orthodox young people find themselves in the midst of foreign surroundings, amid differing confessions of faith and rationalistic sects. The first (Russian) edition of this textbook is already out of print. Furthermore, the old editions of such textbooks cannot completely answer the needs and questions of contemporary youth.
In our time it is necessary to avoid relating the Law of God in the form of naive stories (as they say, for children) for the child will accept them only as stories. When grown he will experience a rift between the Law of God and his perceptions of the world, which he will have during his lifetime.
With many educated people today, knowledge of religion remains obtained in the classrooms of the first years of school, in the most primitive form.
We have had occasions to see many textbooks, especially for classes of younger children, in which there are many inaccuracies, even errors in translating the Word of God. Here is an example, the narration of the flood.
In the overwhelming majority of textbooks, the authors are content to say that it rained forty days and forty nights, and the land was filled with water which covered all the high mountains.
In the Holy Bible it is stated differently…the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up and the windows of heaven were opened; and the rain was upon the earth for forty days and forty nights…And the waters prevailed upon the earth a hundred and fifty days. (Genesis 7:11-12, 24). In the next chapter it says … and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated…in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen. (Genesis 8:3,5)
Some topics include:
The Attributes of God
The Sign of the Cross
Standing and Bows During Prayer
Different Types of Prayer
When God Hears Our Prayer
The Old Testaments
The Worldwide Persecution of Christians: The Destruction of Jerusalem
New Enemies of Christianity
The Ecumenical Councils
The Fall of the Roman Church: The Enlightenment of the Slavs
Christian Faith and Life
The Purpose of Man
The Divine Services of the Orthodox Church
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