Catechesis in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition
The Eastern Orthodox do not have have a standard catechism text. It will be remembered that the catechism as a format emerged in the late medieval west, proliferated amongst the Reformers, and was answered by Roman Catholics at Trent.
While certain Orthodox groups or individuals have since written catechisms, no such text has been made uniform. Rather, they would see the liturgy—and especially iconographic tradition—as the primary mode of catechesis.
Nonetheless, there are still a number of "introductions to Eastern Orthodoxy" that function like catechisms, giving in brief the basic teachings and practices of the church.
Clark Carlton, The Faith: Understanding Orthodox Christianity—An Orthodox Catechism (Regina Orthodox Press, 2007).
Olivier Clement, The Living God: A Catechism for the Christian Faith, trans. Olga Dunlop, 2 vols. (St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2004).
- Originally written in French as a "catechism for the family," this introduction does not contain the Western catechism Q-and-A format but rather seeks to put forth the basic teachings and life of the Church by bringing together Scripture, theology, iconography, hymnography, feasts and liturgy in a fully integrated manner.
Rev. Constans Demetry, Catechism of the Eastern Orthodox Church (Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 1929).
The Longer Catechism of the Eastern Catholic Orthodox Church (the Catechism of St. Philaret (Drozdov) of Moscow) — 1830