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Diploma in Orthodox Studies programme is structured in such a way that even working people can join for this course. Anyone with minimum qualification of class XII (Secular) can enroll for this course. An enrolled student has to study eight units, attempt their online examinations and submit the assignments online.



      • The book is divided into five Units.
      • The first unit is a general introduction which provides necessary background information for the study of the Scriptures.
      • The second unit s a preparatory guide to the study of New Testament. As a prelude to this, the political, social, religious, and philosophical world of the New Testament has been introduced.
      • The third unit introduces the Gospels briefly.
      • The fourth unit provides information about the rest of the New Testament.
      • The fifth Unit is a random collection of the major themes from both the Testaments.

The Course Material is divided into three parts

PART- I: The Apostolic Fathers and Apologists

      • The Background to the Patristic Literature of the First Three Centuries
      • The Apostolic Fathers and Other Writings of the Primitive Period
      • The Apologists/Defenders of Faith
      • Some Important Documents in the Apologetic Period

PART- II: Patristic Literature from A. D 300 to the Council of Ephesus 431

      • The Period around the Council of Nicea 325
      • The Two Great Syriac Fathers
      • The Great Fathers from Latin Tradition
      • The Cappadocian Fathers
      • The Period between the Council of Constantinople 381 and the Ephesus Council 431.

PART- III: The Period after the Council of Chalcedon 451

      • The Pillars of Orthodoxy
      • Syriac Fathers between 8th and 10th Centuries
      • Syriac Fathers after 10th Centuries
      • Some Monastic/ Ascetic Fathers
      • The Great Syrian Mystic. Isaac of Nineveh
      • Fathers remembered in the Dipthycs (Thubden)

      • Basics of Theology
      • Doctrine of Creation
      • Holy Trinity
      • Church Ministry and Sacraments
      • Eschatology

      • Historical Development of Orthodox Spirituality
      • Prayer and Contemplation
      • Monasticism and Asceticism
      • Steps in Spiritual Life

      • Background into which Christianity came
      • The Birth of messiah as the fulfillment of the Prophesies
      • Expansion of the Church
      • Persecution
      • Early Christian Literature
      • The Apologists
      • Justin Martyr, Irenaeus of Lyons, Tertullian
      • Hippolytus of Rome (AD 160-235)
      • The Eucharist
      • Gnosticism, Montanism, Monarchianism
      • Schisms in the Early Church

The Precepts of Worship

  • The Scriptural Bases
  • Context of Early Christian Worship
  • Shaping of the Early Christian Worship

Theology of Orthodox Worship

  • The Fundamentals of Orthodox Worship
  • Theological Contents of Orthodox Worship
  • Worship as Prayer before God

Theology of Sacraments

  • The basics of Orthodox Sacraments
  • Holy Baptism and Chrismation
  • Holy Eucharist

General Introduction

  • Organization of the Orthodox Church
  • History of the Orthodox Church
  • Orthodox Beliefs and Practices
  • Common Beliefs with all Christians
  • Common Beliefs with Roman Catholics
  • Orthodox Distinctives
  • Feast Days
  • General Features of Orthodox Churches

Branches of Orthodoxy

  • Oriental / Pre-Chalcedonian Orthodox Churches
  • An Introduction to the Oriental Orthodox Churches
  • The Armenian Apostolic Church
  • The Syriac Orthodox Church
  • The Orthodox Church of India
  • The Coptic Orthodox Church
  • The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church
  • The Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church
  • Eastern Orthodox churches
  • Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
  • Russian Orthodox Church
  • The Romanian Orthodox Church
  • The Church of Greece
  • Bulgarian Orthodox Church
  • The Serbia Orthodox Church
  • The Church of Cyprus
  • The ancient church of Sinai
  • Church of Albania
  • The Orthodox Church of Finland
  • The Polish Orthodox Church
  • Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia
  • The Church of Alexandria
  • The Greek Patriarchate of Antioch
  • Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem
  • Orthodox Church of Georgia
  • Orthodox Church of Poland
  • Orthodox Church in America
  • Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Church

Difference between Oriental & Eastern Orthodox Churches
Common Characteristics of the Orthodox Church: One, Holy. Catholic, and Apostolic

  • Global Family, Vision of Mission and Search for Meaning; A Few Basics
  • Aspects of Evangelization in the New Testament
  • Malankara Orthodox Church in the Mission Field
  • ‘Remembering the Poor’ in the Age of Globalization
  • Church’s Mission towards the otherly Abled people
  • Education As Mission: A Santhomian Approach


Fees for this programme would be 5000/- INR
Course fee offer for Sunday School Teachers  : 4,000/- INR
Course fee offer for Students : 2,500/- INR
Fee includes registration, study materials and certificate.
International students should pay in INR only.
Fees will not be refunded, if one fails to complete the course.

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After the successful completion of the programme, the candidate will be awarded the certificate “Diploma in Orthodox Studies”

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  1. Excellent Course

    The course will be beneficial for all who want to learn, understand and practice Orthodoxy. The course material is rich in content and is of great quality. The online course will be beneficial for all irrescpective of their work, place etc. This course will definitely improve your understanding about orthodoxy and will make you a better Orthodox Christian.

  2. Excellent and Very Informative, Truly Orthodox. We are Blessed!

    The course is aptly categorized in to units in succession which takes the students through the journey of understanding the orthodox faith & practices. It is able to clear all our doubts with in the convenient time available to us .Iam thankful to Stots Nagpur. Indeed makes me proud to be an Orthodox Christian.

  3. Course 1

    Good overview of Biblical times.

  4. Good overview of Orthodoxy Teachings, Holy Scriptures and Orthodox Perspectives

    This course is wonderfully designed to deepen our knowledge on our Church’s Faith, Practices, Beliefs and Interpretation of the Holy Scriptures. It is also useful for non Orthodox Church members, who can have an overall understanding of Christianity and Orthodox Churches.

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