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The Orthodox Church: An Introduction To Its History, Doctrine, and Spiritual Culture, PaperThe Orthodox Church: An Introduction To Its History, Doctrine, and Spiritual Culture, Paper
John Anthony McGuckin
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A comprehensive study of the historical and theological development of Eastern Christianity, John Anthony McGuckin traces Orthodoxy's roots from the formation of its biblical, doctrinal and spiritual culture, while explaining the richness of Eastern Christian traditions. Scholarly, timely, and thought-provoking, The Orthodox Church provides Orthodoxy with a long-awaited voice to engage in a meaningful dialogue with contemporary Western culture.
     

 
On the Unity of Christ (Popular Patristics)On the Unity of Christ (Popular Patristics)
Cyril of Alexandria
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In the early 5th century the Christian world was racked by one of the fiercest theological disputes it had known since the Arian crisis of the previous century, this time focusing on the nature of the personhood of Christ. Among the disputed elements of this theological crisis, were how exactly Christ's divine and human characteristics could both co-exist within Jesus without rendering his subjectivity hopelessly divided, or without reducing his authentic humanness to an insubstantiality.

These arguments soon polarized both of the two great churches of Alexandria and Constantinople, lead by their powerful archbishops, St. Cyril and Nestorius respectively. Cyril in On the Unity of Christ argues for the single divine subjectivity of Christ, and describes how it encompasses a full and authentic humanity in Jesus, namely a human experience that is not overwhelmed by the divine presence but fostered and enhanced by it. The text here translated is one of his most important and approachable writings, composed in the aftermath of the Council of Ephesus.

About the Popular Patristics Series
The Popular Patristics series published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press provides readable and accurate translations of a broad range of early Christian literature to a wide audience--from students of Christian history to lay Christians reading for spiritual benefit.

Recognized Patristic scholars provide short but comprehensive and clear introductory essays according to their specializations for each volume.

Texts include classics of Christian literature, thematic volumes, homily collections, letters, spiritual guidance, and poetical works from a wide variety geographical contexts and historical backgrounds. The purpose of the series is to mine the riches of the early church and to make these invaluable writings available to all.
     

 
We Believe in One Lord Jesus Christ: Ancient Christian Doctrine Series [ACD]We Believe in One Lord Jesus Christ: Ancient Christian Doctrine Series [ACD]
John Anthony McGuckin, ed.
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The Ancient Christian Doctrine series traces the traditional doctrinal confessions of the church as they are expressed in the Nicene Creed. This volume (2) follows the second phrase in the creed "We believe in One Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, True God from true God, Begotten not made, of one being with the Father. Through him all things were made, for us, and for our salvation, he came down from Heaven. By the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate, from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. In following the creed, this book documents the major theological contributions made to the doctrines stated above in the early church. This series is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in learning more about the ways in which the early church formulated their theology.
     

 
Standing in God's Holy Fire: The Byzantine TraditionStanding in God's Holy Fire: The Byzantine Tradition
John Anthony McGuckin
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The Orthodox Byzantine tradition is still often undervalued and misunderstood in the Western churches, this book is a vivid introduction to leading figures, key themes and values of this this living and ancient form of Christian spirituality, which has endured and survived a recent history of systematic persecution. At the center of the Byzantine experience are ideas which western Christians share, and from which they still have much to learn beauty, endurance, and hopefulness. John Anthony McGuckin is a priest of the Romanian Orthodox Church, Professor of Early Church History at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, New York, and Adjunct Professor of Religion at Columbia University.
     

 
The Westminster Handbook to OrigenThe Westminster Handbook to Origen
John Anthony McGuckin, ed.
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Origen is a towering Christian figure notable for his 6-column parallel Bible, allegorical (yet historical) method of interpretation, defense of Christianity against the pagan philosopher Celsus, speculative views on theology, and intense devotion to Christ. Major scholars here explain his thought. 228 pages, softcover. Westminster/John Knox.
     

 
The Westminster Handbook to Patristic TheologyThe Westminster Handbook to Patristic Theology
Edited by John Anthony McGuckin
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The Westminster Handbook to Patristic Theology is a unique reference resource for study of the theological ideas developed in the early church period.

Patristic theology is the theology written by Christians up to the Medieval period and became both formative for the Christian church and determinative for its theologizing throughout history. This handbook provides easy access to the personalities, ideas, councils, and doctrines that created the massive tradition of Christian thought that exists today. The Westminster Handbook to Patristic Theology is an excellent resource for students just becoming acquainted with patristic study as well as pastors and scholars who require a ready reference.

The Westminster Handbook to Christian Theology series provides a set of resources for the study of historic and contemporary theological movements and Christian theologians. These books are intended to help students and scholars find concise and accurate treatments of important theological terms.
     

 

 
Harp of Glory: An African Akathist  (Popular Patristics)Harp of Glory: An African Akathist (Popular Patristics)
Enzira Zebhat, John McGuckin
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The Harp of Glory is a major hymn of the medieval period that is scarcely known in mainstream Orthodox or Western churches, and derives from the Ethiopian Orthodox Church during the height of it's glory in the Middle Ages. Originating as a exquisitely crafted love song to the Virgin Mary from a monk scholar-musician wandering the highlands of Ethiopia, The Harp of Glory is essentially an "An African Akathist" that sings the praises of the Most Holy Theotokos in alphabetically arranged acrostic stanzas. A deeply religious and literary treasure of great renown in the Christian East, The Harp of Glory reads beautifully as a lyrical poem and will be of immediate interest to students of Church History and Eccesiology.

About the Popular Patristics Series
The Popular Patristics series published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press provides readable and accurate translations of a broad range of early Christian literature to a wide audience--from students of Christian history to lay Christians reading for spiritu7al benefit.

Recognized Patristic scholars provide short but comprehensive and clear introductory essays according to their specializations for each volume.

Texts include classics of Christian literature, thematic volumes, homily collections, letters, spiritual guidance, and poetical works from a wide variety geographical contexts and historical backgrounds. The purpose of the series is to mine the riches of the early church and to make these invaluable writings available to all.
     

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