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Turning to Tradition: Converts and the Making of an American Orthodox Church

D. Oliver Herbel


Large numbers of Catholics and Protestants in America have converted to Orthodox Christianity since the turn of the twentieth century. A few have acted as exemplars, leading and inspiring groups of people to follow them into the Orthodox Church. These leading exemplars include Eastern Catholic convert Alexis Toth (1853–1909), African American converts Raphael Morgan (ca.1869–1916), and Moses Berry (1951–present), and Evangelical convert Peter Gillquist (1938–2012). These converts perceived their conversions to be an entrance into an ancient tradition, but ironically, the means by which they en ... More

Keywords: conversion, restorationism, primitivism, American, tradition, Eastern Orthodox, Christian, Eastern Catholic, African American, Evangelical

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199324958
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199324958.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

D. Oliver Herbel, author
Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church; Chaplain, North Dakota Air National Guard