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  • Series: Simple Guides
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Kuperard (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857334876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857334876
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

KATHERINE CLARK is a writer, editor and translator of German and Greek. After completing her MA at the University of Michigan, she spent a number of years teaching and writing in Greece, where she first encountered Orthodoxy. Following years of study and discussion with Orthodox monks, priests and laypersons, particularly in Greece but also in Jerusalem and at the monastery of St Catherine in Sinai, she converted to Greek Orthodoxy in 1987. She has studied Byzantine chant and has written and translated articles about Orthodoxy and Orthodox Churches.

Ms Clark has taught languages and literature at universities and schools in the USA, Germanyand Greece, and was for thirteen years director of the Heidelberg branch of Schiller International University. Later employed with Greenpeace International in Amsterdam, she served as liaison to Greenpeace in Athens. She now lives with her husband in Germany and Greece.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Archilochos on October 16, 2010
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Religions - all of them - often do not put forth their best face to strangers, in that they can seem fusty and exclusive. In "The Orthodox Church," Katherine Clark has realized that simple explanations can make this ancient religion seem rich, persuasive, and full of beauty - whether you are a believer or not. Because the Orthodox church avoids dogma, is resistant to change, and is always welcoming without being evangelical, it can provide a window into the past as well as offer insight into contemporary problems. If you read it, your next visit to an Orthodox church will seem more comprehensible and full of beautiful ancient forms. Although I spend much time in Greece, this book has made me aware of much that I was missing. Most visitors to Orthodox countries sense that the churches and chapels are inviting, and now they'll know why.

--Jeffrey Carson
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joshua on April 19, 2011
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Great Little book! Covers a lot of history of the Orthodox church in a favorable light. I honestly couldn't put it down and that is good for a reference book. Great pictures in it as well. Very helpful to what I was looking to know from it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Georgia on September 30, 2009
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i have read this book and ordered it for my children to read--- they do not know greek and read only english -- this is an excellent book for the greek orthodox who wants to know his faith -- our previous wriiten and spoken religious books are in greek and i cannot understand them as well as this book...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Culver TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 2, 2012
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The publisher Kuperard has a series of short (150-page) introductions to various religions, and Katherine Clark contributed this one for Orthodox Christianity. She discusses the basic creed of Orthodoxy (even retelling the whole life of Jesus to do so), the history of the Church and important doctrinal disputes in the early centuries, the church calendar, the structure of services (with advice on what to do if you are visiting an Orthodox parish), etc. Generally, Clark presents Orthodox belief without reference to anything outside it. Only in the last chapter does she note the differences between Orthodox Christianity and the Latins,

This book does manage to cover the basics, but it's hard to really praise it. There is some misuse of terminology (e.g. using the term "Byzantine Empire" when describing an event that happened in the 2nd century AD), a couple of questionable assertions about history (the Gospel of John was the first written, seriously?) and a convoluted and incomplete description of early heresies. The book is abundantly illustrated with icons, but they are reproduced in black and white and in small size, so they lack the ability to wow readers as in some other introductions to Orthodoxy.

Probably the only real audience for this book are institutions that are buying the whole Kuperard series. However, for individuals particularly interested in the Orthodox Church, there are better options. Timothy Ware's THE ORTHODOX CHURCH (Penguin) is the classic introduction. Readers of an academic bent will enjoy McGuckin's THE ORTHODOX CHURCH: An Introduction to its History, Doctrine, and Spiritual Culture (Blackwell). If you are coming from an Evangelical Protestant background, Peter Gillquist's BECOMING ORTHODOX speaks your language.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By vas5434 on November 12, 2011
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What a wonderful little book... so easy to read and understand. Now i understand the history of the church and so much more. Will buy extra copies for my children .
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By Nara on June 6, 2014
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This is a very good book explaining Church history from the beginning.
Lots of explanation even for a new Christian this book helps a lot.
Many way due to the Modern Mission world and new thoughts and Theology emerging in the Church of Christ, the
history, legacy and traditions of the early Church is ignored. This book helps to understand lots of reality.
Orthodox Church is to be understood if we want to understand Church.
i come from a very different Church background but i have a great respect and reverence to the Orthodox Church
whom God choose to carry His mission. please understand this is a basic book on Orthodox Church and all about it.
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