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The Orthodox Church

480 pages
At once a comprehensive study of Eastern Orthodoxy - its historical development and theology - The Orthodox Church is also an engaging assessment of Orthodoxy’s political role in today’s secularized Western world. Scholarly, timely, and always thought provoking, The Orthodox Church provides Orthodoxy with the long-awaited voice to engage in a meaningful dialog with contemporary Western culture.

  • A major new full length study of the Orthodox Church written by one of the leading Orthodox historians and theologians of the English-speaking world
  • The most comprehensive and up-to-date account of the Orthodox Church available, providing a detailed account of its historical development, as well as exploring Orthodox theology and culture
  • Offers an in-depth engagement with the issues surrounding Orthodoxy's relationship to the modern world, including political, cultural and ethical debates
  • Considers the belief tradition, spirituality, liturgical diversity, and Biblical heritage of the Eastern Churches; their endurance of oppressions and totalitarianisms; and their contemporary need to rediscover their voice and confidence in a new world-order.
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Preface List of Illustrations List of Abbreviations Note on Sources
Introduction: Strange Encounters
The Pilgrimage of the Orthodox through History A Brief History of the Orthodox from the Apostolic Era to the Middle Ages Perspectives of history Earliest Christian foundations The development of ecclesiastical centres The age of the Fathers Creeds and councils East and West: the parting of ways The Slavic mission The Organization of the Orthodox Churches from Medieval to Modern Times The extension of the Orthodox Church Synopsis of the organization of the Orthodox churches The ancient patriarchates The Orthodox Church of Cyprus The Church of Sinai The Russian Orthodox Church (patriarchate of Moscow) The wider Russian heritage The Orthodox Church of Greece The patriarchal Church of Bulgaria The patriarchal Church of Serbia
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The patriarchal Church of Romania The Church of Georgia The Church of Poland The Church of Albania The Church of the Czech lands and Slovakia The three autonomous Orthodox churches The various Orthodox diaspora communities The Orthodox Church in America
The Orthodox Sense of Tradition The Holy Tradition Sources of Authority in Orthodoxy Orthodoxy’s Reading of the Scriptures An ecclesial reading The principle of consonance The principle of authority The principle of utility Patristic and Conciliar Authorities The Symbolical Books The Pedalion (Holy Canons) Tradition and Revelation
The Doctrine of the Orthodox Church I: The Glory of the Lord The Christian God The Holy Spirit The Lord Jesus The Immortal Father The Holy Trinity
The Doctrine of the Orthodox Church II: The Economy of Salvation Humanity and its Sufferings Salvation and the Call to Ascent The Song of Creation The Blessed Theotokos: Joy of All Creation The Dance of the Blessed: The Angels and the Saints Outside the Gates: Demonology and the Enigma of Evil The Church: Bride of the Lamb
The Holy Mysteries and Liturgies Greater and Lesser Mysteries The mystery of baptism
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The mystery of chrismation The mystical supper: communion in the Holy Eucharist The eucharistic liturgy The mystery ofmetanoia The mystery of the great anointing The mystery of marriage The mysteries of ordination The lesser blessings of the church The services of prayer The Trisagion prayers The daily offices Personal prayers Traditions of Orthodox Prayer and Spirituality Methods of prayer Prayer of the heart The Jesus Prayer Hesychasm Fasting and feasting The Holy Icons: Doors to the Kingdom Sacred art The Orthodox vocabulary of worship Icons and iconoclasm Icons of the Lord Icons of the Virgin Icons of the saints
‘The GodBeloved Emperor’: Orthodoxy’s Political Imagination CaesaroPapist Caricatures Byzantine Models of Godly Rule The Ambiguity of Scriptural Paradigms of Power The Concept of the Priestly King Dominion as Apostolic Charism Patristic Ideas onSymphonia New Polities in the Aftermath of Byzantium
Orthodoxy and the Contemporary World The Poor at the Rich Man’s Gate The Grace of Peace and the Curse of War Freedom in an Unfree World A New Status for Women Biological and Other New Ethical Environments Sexual Ethics and Pastoral Care
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Ecumenism and the Reunion of the Churches Religious Pluralism in the Global Village Evangelism in a New Millennium
Glossary of Orthodox Terminology Select Bibliography Index
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