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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.

Encountering the Mystery: Understanding Orthodox ChristianityEncountering the Mystery: Understanding Orthodox Christianity
Bartholomew I
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The Orthodox Christian church is an elegant tapestry of enduring theology, culture, and tradition and is experiencing a worldwide rebirth. In Encountering the Mystery, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I unveils the shroud of mystery surrounding this ancient faith as he explains its 2,000-year history. He traces the roots of Orthodox Christianity to its founding in the first century, while exploring its spirituality, doctrine, liturgy and art. Ultimately Bartholomew, in a unique and unprecedented way, relates Orthodox Christianity to contemporary issues, such as freedom and human rights, social justice and globalization, as well as nationalism and war. Encountering the Mystery is a rich spiritual source that connects the Kingdom of today with the Kingdom of the ages.

Orthodoxy: Evolving TraditionOrthodoxy: Evolving Tradition
David N. Bell
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Orthodox Christianity-divided into two main groups: Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox-is now a world-wide phenomenon and one of the fastest growing Christian traditions in the United States. In this introduction to the tradition, the author presents "a reasonably wide-ranging account of modern Orthodox beliefs primarily for non-Orthodox readers," and by examining beliefs and attitudes common in the West, explores whether they can be accommodated to traditional Orthodox teachings. Includes an insert of icons in four-color!

Facing East: A Pilgrim's Journey into the Mysteries of OrthodoxyFacing East: A Pilgrim's Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy
Frederica Mathewes-Green
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Veiled in the smoke of incense, the Eastern Orthodox Church has long been an enigma to the Western world. Yet, as Frederica Mathewes-Green discovered, Orthodoxy is a vital and living faith, rich in ritual beauty and steadfast integrity. Facing East is a one-year chronicle of a life lived in this faith. Among icons and unfamiliar sacraments, the stately rituals and prayers, Mathewes-Green weaves a beautiful, moving, and funny portrait of her own experience as a cautious convert. Through her own compelling story, and that of her family, Mathewes-Green revels the human face of a millenia-old tradition, eloquently illustrating the joys and blessings an ancient faith can bring to the worshipers of today.

Light from the Christian East: An Introduction to the Orthodox TraditionLight from the Christian East: An Introduction to the Orthodox Tradition
James R. Payton Jr.
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The Orthodox tradition is arguably the most faithful representation of early Christianity in existence today. Yet despite a quarter billion adherents---including growing numbers of evangelical converts---it remains unfamiliar and mysterious to many. Payton's sympathetic, evenhanded introduction illuminates Orthodoxy's fascinating history, theology, and practice. Dispelling common misperceptions, he explores the riches of this ancient faith. 240 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.


Light Through Darkness: The Orthodox TraditionLight Through Darkness: The Orthodox Tradition
John Chryssavgis
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What is especially distinctive about Orthodox spirituality? Chryssavgis reaches into the wells of this rich mystical and monastic tradition to draw out features like silence, beauty, mystery, hesychastic prayer, sacramental liturgy, the book of nature, spiritual direction, the scandal of the cross. . . . 128 pages, softcover. Orbis.

Eastern Orthodoxy through Western EyesEastern Orthodoxy through Western Eyes
Donald Fairbairn
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In the last decade, Eastern Orthodoxy has moved from being virtually unknown to Western Christians to being a significant presence on the religious scene in North America and Great Britain. In light of Orthodoxy's growing presence, this book will introduce Western Christians to the Eastern Orthodox vision of the Christian life by examining Orthodox theology and worship. The three parts of the book deal with: tradition as the source of the Orthodox vision; union with God as the heart of the Orthodox vision; and distortions of the Orthodox vision. This book also alerts readers to the cultural and historical factors which influence the way any person or group understands the Christian faith. Throughout, the differences between Eastern and Western cultural mindsets are pointed out as these shape different conceptions of Scripture and the Christian life.

The Orthodox WayThe Orthodox Way
Kallistos Ware
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The Orthodox Way is a general account of the doctrine, worship and life of Orthodox Christians by the author of the now classic The Orthodox Church. It raises the basic issues of theology: God is hidden yet revealed; the problem with evil; the nature of salvation; the meaning of faith; prayer; death and what lies beyond. In so doing, it helps to fill the need for modern Orthodox catechism. Yet this book is not a mere manual, nor is it a dry-as-dust repository of information. Throughout the book, Bishop Kallistos Ware shows the meaning of Orthodox doctrine for the life of the individual Christian. This edition includes footnotes for the extensive array of texts Ware cites.

Eastern Orthodox Christianity, 2d ed.: A Western PerspectiveEastern Orthodox Christianity, 2d ed.: A Western Perspective
Daniel B. Clendenin
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In this reliable and engaging survey, Daniel Clendenin introduces Protestants to Eastern Orthodox history and theology with the hope that the two groups will come to see their traditions as complementary and learn to approach one another with a "hermeneutic of love" that fosters "mutual respect, toleration, and even support."

This revised edition includes a new preface, a new chapter, and an updated bibliography. In addition to updated demographic information, Clendenin examines at length a particular aspect of Orthodoxy's intersection with Protestantism--its growing exchange with evangelicalism.

An Introduction to the Christian Orthodox ChurchesAn Introduction to the Christian Orthodox Churches
John Binns

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This introduction describes the life of the Orthodox Churches of the Christian East from the accession of the Emperor Constantine in 312 up to the year 2000. It discusses the distinctive Orthodox approaches to the themes of liturgy, theology, monastic life and spirituality, iconography, popular religion, mission, politics and the schism between East and West. The final chapter examines the response of the Churches to the new freedom following the collapse of communism and the prospects for the future.

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