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The Orthodox Church has ratings and reviews. Pat said: This is one of the most honest history books I’ve ever read. Ware sugarcoats neither Eas. This book 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. “Patmos and its Monastery,” Eastern Churches “A Conference on the Problems of the Orthodox.

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It is not merely the numbers or the distribution of its members which determines the ecumenicity of a council: And A very good book that elucidates the perspective of the Eastern Orthodox Church. A dirty floor to kneel on and a form along the wall Then came the second separation, conventionally dated orthovox the year There is no terrorism in the Orthodox doctrine of God. However great the prerogatives of the bishop may be, he is not someone set up over the Church, but the holder of an office in the Church.

Birkbeck, Russia and the English Churchp. My questions aside, this was a very informative and delightful book.

How were the two “ways” to be reconciled? Whereas Western Christianity remains wary of images, fearing the worship of idols, Orthodoxy distinctly focuses on symbolism.

Endowed with the image from the start, he was called to acquire the likeness by his own efforts assisted of course by the grace of God. Western writers sometimes refer to Orthodox monks as “Basilian monks” or “monks of the Kqllistos Order,” but this is not correct.


Whereas in the west the kwllistos sits and the penitent kneels, in the Orthodox Church they both stand or sometimes they both sit. The Holy Spirit is a Spirit of freedom.

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The unity of the Church is linked more particularly with the person of Christ, its diversity with the person of the Holy Spirit. He explains these truths with a patience, clarity, and poignancy that kept me enthralled and learning throughout. Recognizing the ethereal mystery of God, Orthodoxy questions the assumption that rhe can reason itself to an understanding of God.

Bishop Kallistos goes into the fundamental beliefs of Orthodox Christianity, but, unlike too many Christian theologists and academics, avoids the tendencies either to turn Christianity’s vitality into something dry and mind-numbingly dull or to get bogged down into arcane arguments akin to “how many angels can dance on the head of a pin”.

kalilstos Baptism must normally be performed by a bishop or a priest. Perhaps disorder is better than apathy. Recently when two Orthodox scholars were asked to summarize the distinctive characteristic of their Church, they both pointed to the same thing: However, I appreciate learning about the Orthodox tradition.

Its outward organization, however important, is secondary to its sacramental life.

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This is an introductory book, the author has written a much more extensive one elsewhere. Tne cannot be understood unless it is prayed: The Orthodox Church has withstood so much persecution, including Islam, atheism, communism, and more. The Creed is the common possession of the whole Church, and a part of the Church has no right to tamper with it. Yet each, while believing in the rightness of its own cause, must look back at the past with sorrow and repentance.


I read this book to broa This book left me wanting more–in a good way! When a secret priest visits the village, it is here that he celebrates the Liturgy and the other services. Read this while studying in Greece and trying to understand the Orthodox religion.

I have not been so wholly captivated by a work of theology since I read N. What do waare gestures and actions mean? The author’s intention is to provide a clear exposition rothodox these – an explanation of o As an introduction to the Orthodox Church, to its history, theology and rituals, this book is concise, informative, and clearly written. But however remote from us in His essence, yet in His energies God has revealed Himself to men.

The old empires were in no state to resist them” H.