Introducing Eastern Orthodox Theology
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With an estimated 250 million adherents, the Orthodox Church is the second largest Christian body in the world. Its tradition, ancient and deep with strong theological vision and firmly rooted spirituality also boasts of beauty and an emphasis on wonder.

But what are the essential theological components of the Eastern Orthodox Church? Introducing Eastern Orthodox Theology is an absorbing account of Eastern Orthodox thought on key issues such as Trinity, Christ, sin, humanity and creation as well as praying, icons, the sacraments and liturgy. A comprehensive introduction places the reader in the appropriate historical context for reading these essays. This book is an excellent primer for those interested in the Eastern Orthodox church.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0830840451
ISBN-13: 9780830840458

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Author Bio

Andrew Louth is professor emeritus of patristic and Byzantine studies at Durham University, England, and visiting professor of Eastern Orthodox theology at the Amsterdam Centre of Eastern Orthodox Theology (ACEOT), in the Faculty of Theology, the Free University, Amsterdam. He is also a priest of the Russian Orthodox Diocese of Sourozh (Moscow Patriarchate), serving the parish in Durham. His recent publications include , , and .


This is an exceptional introduction to Orthodoxy. Instead of presenting a summary of church history, teachings and practices, Andrew Louth grounds his account of the church and her theology in the encounter with God in liturgy and prayer, expounding historical controversies and theological themes as they arise out of that encounter. The result is both personal and profound, inviting readers to explore and experience for themselves the mystery of God in Christ.
-John Behr,
dean and professor of patristics, St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, New York

Andrew Louth has produced a humane, wise and very accessible introduction to the teaching and practice of Eastern Orthodoxy. He explains difficult doctrines in such a way that they make sense, and places a particular emphasis on prayer and worship. This is a truly excellent introduction, full of memorable passages and ideal for anyone who has wondered about Orthodoxy and wishes to have its main features explained.
-Averil Cameron
, DBE, FBA, professor of Late Antique and Byzantine history, University of Oxford

Andrew Louth brings a lifetime of superior patristic scholarship to this volume, but casts aside all the usual academic cares to offer us a direct, personal vision of Orthodoxy as he knows and loves it. Central to the endeavor is the crucible of prayer: this is the touchstone for everything he wants to commend in the tradition he has embraced as his own.
-Sarah Coakley,
Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge

This is a charming, readable and accessible book. Louth delivers with delightful clarity a genuine sense of how deep and rich are the traditional resources for thinking about aspects of Christian belief, and how the Eastern Orthodox tradition draws on the sacramental rites and regular prayer practices of generations of believers, and on the wealth of patristic philosophy.
-Catherine Rowett,
professor of philosophy, University of East Anglia

This personal presentation draws readers into a theology earthed in material reality and informed by liturgy which reflects the worship of heaven. Introductory and readable, it is illuminating for those already acquainted with the subject, and for non-Orthodox Christians it will facilitate an encounter with the depths of this 'other' tradition from which they will return with enriched understanding of their own.
-Frances Young,
OBE, FBA, emeritus professor of theology, University of Birmingham

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