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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802864961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802864963
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,034,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Guroian (Incarnate Love: Essays in Orthodox Ethics), professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, sets out with a bold mission—to write a series of theological tonal poems, each reading more like music than prose. This, he asserts, will not produce a rational or linear organization, but rather create an aesthetic reading experience in which literary themes will develop into melodic variations and fugues. Hymnody, he asserts, existed before any Christian art and architecture because it integrated the feeling of doctrine along with the thought of theology, creating a richer spiritual understanding. Consequently, the book divides itself into six hymnlike chapters that sing the Orthodox theologies of creation, the apocalypse, redemption, the Virgin Mary, the crucifixion, and resurrection. To a large extent, the execution of the book's mission is successful, particularly the author's method of separating each chapter into verse-like subsections. Yet the reader may feel lost at times in the complexity of the author's intent. To fully appreciate the musical style of the prose, one may at times be required to pay less attention to the beauty of the very theologies Guroian wishes to convey. (Feb.)
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About the Author

Vigen Guroian is professor of religious studies in Orthodox Christianity at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. His many other books include The Fragrance of God, Inheriting Paradise, and Incarnate Love: Essays in Orthodox Ethics.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. VanEtten on September 2, 2011
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Have you eeer read a book of theology that was downright lyrical? This book is. It's also a lovely introduction to Orthodox theology. I strongly recommend it! Here the subject and the manner of its presentation are in harmony (no pun intended): rather than dry, academic matter here the theology is full of heart and life.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 14, 2010
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Art and music have gained a cherished place in Orthodox Christianity. "The Melody of Faith: Theology in an Orthodox Key" analyzes the use of music as a metaphor in Orthodox Christianity and how the many themes that are important to Orthodoxy ring strong in their traditional music throughout the countries where Orthodox Christianity is prominent. Thoughtful and intriguing, "The Melody of Faith" is quite the read and is a fine addition to any Christian and musical studies collection.
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A profound, enchanting, and compelling read: a breath of fresh air. If you are tired of the dirge of Anselm, substitutionary atonement and the doctrinal obsession of so much Western Christianity -- this book is for you.
And there are color pictures!
I have bought copies to give away to my friends.
KINDLE WARNING - this book contains color plates that the author references throughout the book -- they are integral to his argument -- but inexplicably they are absent from the Kindle edition -- the book doesn't work without them.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. E. Baines on June 3, 2011
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If you are not an Orthodox Christian but are an eclectic reader, this will give you a nice perspective of another way of looking at religion.
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