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George Matsoukas is a former College Resource Development Professional and teacher who manages a consulting service. He serves as Executive Director of Orthodox Christian Laity and is a member of St. Peter the Apostle Orthodox Mission in Jupiter, Florida, where he serves as secretary on the mission council. He is active in the West Palm Beach community.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (July 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595480675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595480678
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,401,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edward M. Freeman on January 25, 2010
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In order to spot changes in the Orthodox Church, one must take a long view. George E. Matsoukas takes a long view in this book. Captivity, which is a word in the book's title, pertains to a double entendre concerning freedom in Christ. On the one hand, freedom in Christ signifies freedom from following one's own will for selfish ends. For example, by adopting a view congruent with selfless service, the actress Marianne Moore once said, "You're not free until you've been made captive by supreme belief."

On the other hand, freedom in Christ became confused with freedom from obedience to authorities, whether civil or ecclesiastical, after the Enlightenment. Matsoukas advances the former perspective of selfless love--an ancient Christian meaning--and avoids any confusion that the latter sense of freedom implies.

The full title of the book is 'A Church in Captivity: The Greek Orthodox Church of America.' Matsoukas provides a long view to help readers see subtle developments in the governance of the Greek Orthodox Church of America (GOAA) over the span of years from 1990-2007. There is sufficient historical detail in introductory paragraphs of each chapter [e.g. 33, 83] to acquaint readers with little to no knowledge of the events, like me.

During the span of 17 years, Matsoukas and many faithful lay servants of the Greek Orthodox Church in America (GOAA) had called for improved communication inside the Church. Matsoukas and others believed that, because GOAA had been an eparchy [province] of the Patriarchate of Constantinople far too long, communication stood a chance of improving if this structure of governance [49-51,69-70] were to change.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 30, 2014
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The reason why many foreigners insist on the church services being chanted in their own language, is because they lack love for outsiders, and lack missionary zeal. They couldn't care less if people outside their ethnic group convert and are blessed by hearing the services in their own language. The purpose of language is to communicate, not to preserve cultural identity. In Christianity, the "other" person is more important than yourself. But the ethnic foreigners are selfish and only care about preserving culture and nation. They have no missionary zeal and no Christian love for those outside their ethnic group.The Orthodox Church was a great missionary church until the martyrdom of the Royal Family. But today stagnancy and indifference has become the norm. I believe most Greek "cradle Orthodox" people, do not know Jesus Christ on a personal level. They are spiritually dead, and have no zeal for their faith or for souls. The Church is nothing other than a social club for these people. Being converted is a biblical mandate: "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;" (Acts 3:19). Unless these people convert before the end of their lives, they will not be saved. I believe the "cradle" are the biggest threat to contemporary Orthodoxy, simply because they are spiritually dead.
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