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Letter to the Editor: On the Meaning of Greek Orthodox

To the Editor:

In a recent piece by Dennis Menos entitled, Uniting Orthodoxy in America Should Be Our Priority, he mistakenly refers to “Greek” in Greek Orthodox as only an ethnic designation. The “Greek” in Greek Orthodox pertains to the Greek world that served as the rich cultural backdrop for the rise and spread of Christianity. Yes, it pertains to the Greek language, but also to Greek philosophy and Greek culture that prevailed in the Greek world at the time. Jesus’ Disciples used the Greek language and Greek philosophical terms to teach the Gospel. They also wrote the New Testament in Greek. Cyril and Methodius, two Greek brothers from Thessaloniki, Greece, Christianized the Slavs.

All Orthodox Christians are Greek Orthodox, whether they refer to themselves as Antiochian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Romanian, Russian Orthodox, etc… In other words, all Orthodox Christians are Greek Orthodox, as opposed to Roman Catholic or Protestant.

Eva M. Economou-Economy
Glenview, IL

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