- Paperback: 302 pages
- Publisher: Light & Life Pub Co; 2nd edition (December 1, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0937032816
- ISBN-13: 978-0937032817
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,249,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Common Ground: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity for the American Christian Paperback – December 1, 1991
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This is a book about understanding our common Christian heritage--the Bible, the history of the Church and, most importantly, the truth of the Gospel. I (the author) make no attempt to persuade the reader that a proper understanding of these things is essential. I assume you already believe this. ( If you did not believe this, I don't think you would have bought the book.) But before many can penetrate to the core of the Christian Faith, they will have to hurdle the tall, and wide obstacle that presses in on them at every step: the biases of their own culture. The reader should be aware that this book has many limitations. First, this book is not a thorough exposition on Eastern Christianity but only a sketch of its vision. Second, I purposely do not outline every Evangelical and Catholic position Again, my main purpose is to describe the Eastern vision of Christianity, not offer a comparative review of it against every stream of the faith. And third, although the perspectives represented in this book are sympathetic to those of the Eastern Orthodox Churches, I confine my comments to that denomination's theology, not to its present government or practices (many of which ignore its own teachings.)
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Father Bajis' own description of his work cannot be topped, nor should it be. He's done his homework, now do yours! If you read this book serveral things will happen. You'll get a great introduction to Eastern Orthodoxy, geared to the Protestant and Catholic mindset. You'll get an incredible reading list by reading the extensive endnotes. In addition, you will most likely learn more about your own history, whether you're Prot or Catholic. If you have not read his description above this review, please do (yourself a favor)!
Other books of interest: "Not by Scripture Alone" by Sungenis, "The Orthodox Way", "The Orthodox Church", and "How are We Saved?" by Bishop Kallistos Ware. Congar's "Tradition and Traditions" is a great work of Catholic scholarship by one of the masters. "The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church" by Vladimir Lossky will reshape your brain (and your nous)! For those of you who are more daring and looking to bite into something more meaty: "Being As Communion" by John Zizioulas; "Energies of the Spirit" by Duncan Reid; "The Ground of Union" by Williams. They deal with east/west theologies of the Trinity and the Holy Spirit, but they touch on everything else in between! Very deep stuff, takes time to read, but highly recommended! Enjoy!
Other books of interest: "Not by Scripture Alone" by Sungenis, "The Orthodox Way", "The Orthodox Church", and "How are We Saved?" by Bishop Kallistos Ware. Congar's "Tradition and Traditions" is a great work of Catholic scholarship by one of the masters. "The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church" by Vladimir Lossky will reshape your brain (and your nous)!