The Orthodox Church: Second Edition Paperback – Jun 1 1993
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Timothy Ware, His Excellency the Most Reverend Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia, was Spalding Lecturer of Eastern Orthodox Studies at Oxford University until his retirement in 2001.
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The cover states that this title is "a clear, detailed introduction to the Orthodox Church written for the non-Orthodox as well as for Orthodox Christians who wish to know more about their own tradition." I couldn't have said it better myself.
This volume is divided into two sections. Part one covers the history of the Church from the beginnings at Pentecost through Byzantium (the Seven Councils and the Great Schism), then the conversion of the Slavs, the Church under Islam, the Russian Church, and on into the twentieth century. Especially sobering is the author's summary of events surrounding the eastern European Orthodox Churches under communism. Coverage of the growth of the Orthodox Church in North America helps explain the current state of things.
Part two discusses faith and worship and covers such important topics as: Holy Tradition, God and humankind, the theology and structure of the Church, and detailed explanations of various components of Orthodox worship (including sacraments, feasts, fasts and private prayer). The final chapter, entitled "The Orthodox Church and the Reunion of Christians," explains various views within the Church concerning the ecumenical movement and the World Council of Churches, and highlights dialogues with various church bodies including Roman Catholics, Old Catholics, Anglicans, and other Eastern Christian bodies such as the Coptic Church and the Armenian Orthodox Church.Read more ›
Given that Orthodoxy, by its nature, has no infallible living authority on what it teaches, there is going to be dispute over what is "correct." I believe that Bishop Ware wrote this book mainly to explain his faith to other Christians, and it should be appreciated on that basis; it was meant to be a starting point, not a definitive explanation of Orthodoxy. It is a good place to start on the subject, rather than with the spate of books on Orthodox spirituality that have been in vogue in the last ten years or so. If that's what you want, I highly recommend it.
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Great introduction to the history and theology of all aspects of the Orthodox Church.Published 11 months ago by m50092
Concise, yet thorough. Full of advanced concepts, yet eminently readable...this is a wonderful introduction to the Orthodox Church. Read morePublished on May 6 2014 by M. Molnar
This is an excellent introductory book to the Eastern Orthodox Christianity. I would recommend it to my friends, my students and to anybody who wants to have a general view on the... Read morePublished on March 24 2014 by firstname.lastname@example.org
As a Reformed Christian, I enjoyed this book immensely. It really helped me feel that I understand the Orthodox Church and many of its beliefs. Read morePublished on July 2 2004 by Mayor of Tateville
I just bought the book to get some kind of understanding of the Orthodox faith, and this book gave me that and a lot more. Read morePublished on May 29 2004
There has been a great surge of interest in Eastern Orthodoxy in recent years. Partly owing to the turn towards liturgical worship and historic Christianity by disenchanted... Read morePublished on June 11 2003 by Labarum
In most Christian circles, the Orthodox Church is known as the forgotten church because many Christians do not even know of it's existence. Read morePublished on April 17 2003 by Seth Aaron Lowry