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The Cambridge Companion to Orthodox Christian Theology (Cambridge Companions to Religion) 1st Edition

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"... prefaced by a concise ... extremely helpful historical introduction to Orthodoxy and its communities, including those in the West, written by the editors ... This book is truly what it sets out to be: a very useful 'companion' to Orthodox studies."
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"... a collection of very well written essays, which all say something important about their respective topic ... a recommended volume."
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Book Description

Orthodox Christianity, building on its patristic foundations, has blossomed in the modern period. This volume focuses on the way Orthodox theological tradition is understood and lived today. As well as discussing aspects of doctrine, the book portrays the main figures, themes and developments that have helped to shape Orthodox thought.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Religion
  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (January 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521683386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521683388
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,281,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This volume is highly recommended for a crash course in committed Orthodoxy,
but you'll want to take it slow. The reason for taking it slow isn't because
it's too dense or dry -- rather, it's so rich that you need to savor it.
The only reason I've knocked off a star is because there's no chapter on the
place of the Theotokos and all the saints in Holy Orthodoxy (although of course
the saints are mentioned in many of the chapters). Also, I found the chapter
on the spiritual way to be the weakest, which is too bad, because there is nothing
comparable to the depth of Orthodox spirituality (although the list provided for
further reading ensures that readers will find the path if they pursue it). Some
of the strongest chapters are by Sister Nonna on the human person as image and
likeness of God and by Father Andrew Louth on the patristic revival...Read this when
you're ready for comprehensive nourishment for your journey in the Church -- and God bless!
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The Orthodox East takes pride in its ancient roots. The Cambridge Companion to Orthodox Christian Theology is a masterful collection of papers by top Orthodox scholars that presents ancient theological formulations and insights in fresh ways easily accessible to modern minds and relevant to modern sensibilities. A brilliant and indispensable "companion."
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THE CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY is a collection of 18 papers on various aspects of the Orthodox faith. The papers are written from an Orthodox perspective, as the writers not only study Orthodox Christianity academically, but they are also Orthodox believers.

It should be noted that this is not a general introduction to the beliefs and practices of the Orthodox Church, though editors Cunningham and Theokritoff do sketch Orthodox Christianity in their introduction. Anyone unfamiliar with the basics of Orthodox Christianity should turn to Kallistos Ware's The Orthodox Church or a similar book. However, for those wanting to know more about certain subjects, this does cover the basics in greater depth.

The book comprises two main parts. The first, "Doctrine and Tradition" contains papers on scripture and tradition (Theodore G. Stylianopolous), Biblical interpretation in worship (Archimandrite Ephrem Lash), the Trinity (Boris Bobrinsky), the relationship between God and creation (Elizabeth Theokritoff), human beings as the image and likeness of God (Nonna Verna Harrison), Christ and salvation (Peter Bouteneff), eschatology (Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev), the Church (Matthew Steenberg), the theology of icons (Mariamna Fortounatto and Mary B. Cunningham) and the spiritual way (John Chryssavgis).

The second part concerns contemporary Orthodox theology and its development. The papers here concern the Church Fathers (Augustine Casiday), the "patristic revival" (Andrew Louth), Russian and Russian emigré theology of the early 20th century (Michael Plekon), post-independence Greek theologians (Athanasios N.
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The selections of writings are diverse and indepth. It's a great book for anyone looking to learn more about the orthodox faith.
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This book covers the subject fairly comprehensively and well written. I often wondered how the Eastern Church differed from the Western. The book meet my expectations.
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