Clarification of Answer by
08 Nov 2002 11:48 PST
Thanks for your request for clarification.
If you're not interested in the opinions of those who belong to one
faith or the other, your best bet for true objectivity, if such a
thing is possible, is probably the resources from an encyclopedia or
dictionary of religion.
Try the well-reviewed "World Christian Encyclopedia : A Comparative
Survey of Churches and Religions in the Modern World (2 Volume Set)",
which can be purchased from Amazon (
). If that's not enough, Mircea Eliade has edited a 16-volume
encyclopedia ( http://www.csp.org/chrestomathy/encyclopedia_of.html ).
The university of Virginia publishes the "Concise Dictionary of
Religion" which is the 20-year work of Irving Hexham. To quote the
"Irving Hexham has taught introductory courses in Religious Studies
for more that two decades. Early in his career he understood the need
to help students find practical means to access definitions of key
concepts. What began as class handouts became in 1994 A Concise
Dictionary of Religion. "
The site maintains a tremendous amount of information in the form of
texts and links and tries to be objective about how it gathers and
The Religious Movements Page
For some reason this site has very little information on orthodoxy,
though it has information on many other religious groups. it does have
You can compare the two religions on BeliefNet, an independent, not
BeliefNet -- Home > Religions > Christianity > Catholic
BeliefNet -- Home > Religions > Christianity > Eastern Orthodox
Finally, if none of these links help and you don't want to purchase or
find scholarly volumes, the following site may be just what you want.
To quote the author:
"Welcome to Orthodoxy and Catholicism: A Comprehensive Guide to Issues
and Materials. On this site I have attempted to bring together all the
material I could find about relations between the Catholic and
Orthodox churches. You will find overviews of all the issues that
separate the two sides, church documents, discussion groups, news and
so forth. There are currently over 200 links, and I am hoping to reach
300 or 400 by August.
"I have tried to be impartial in every way I can think of. My
occasional topic introductions attempt to reproduce what a committee
of well-meaning experts from both sides would agree to. In describing
the links I have attempted to keep my religious opinions separate from
my duty to find and describe the material. Occasionally I describe
something as "poorly-written" or "tedious." These are not religious
mistakes. Very occasionally I describe someting as "biased," when, for
example, an author says that the other side believes something that no
member of that side would agree to. I am not opposed to vigorous
Orthodoxy and Catholicism: A Comprehensive Guide to Issues and
I hope this helps.