Ralph is available to speak on: Orthodoxy and Islam, Orthodoxy in the Public Square and Eschatology. Learn more »
Additional Information: FacingIslam.org
Ralph H. (Zosimas) Sidway was received into the Holy Orthodox Faith in 1987 and was catechized at St Michael Orthodox Church (Antiochian) in Louisville KY by Fr. Alexander Atty (now Dean of St Tikhon Seminary). A parishioner at Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit (OCA, Fr. Steven Kostoff, Rector) in Cincinnati OH since 2001, Mr. Sidway has served on the parish council and in the sacristy, sings in the choir, and is the parish webservant. Shocked into awareness of Islam (like many of us) by the attacks of 9/11/01, Ralph began his study of Islam in earnest in 2005 after a friend left the parish to become a Muslim; he began writing articles on the subject in 2008 on the parish level, which soon grew to a few chapters worth of material, and so the idea for a book-length treatment was born. ‘Facing Islam: What the Ancient Church has to say about the Religion of Muhammad’, is thus the result of several years of intensive investigation in the field, and went through a rigorous editorial and peer review process to reach its final form. Endorsements have come from Orthodox pastors and monastics, as well as from noted Islam scholars. Mr. Sidway travels frequently giving talks to parishes on the Orthodox understanding of Islam. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Transylvania University, Lexington Ky (1983), where he was a Rhodes Scholarship Finalist, graduating Magna Cum Laude. You may learn more about his work at http://facingislam.org.
- Orthodoxy and Islam
- Orthodoxy in the Public Square