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The First Seven Ecumenical Councils (325-787): Their History and Theology (Theology and Life Series 21) Paperback – January 1, 1988
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- Publisher : Michael Glazier; First edition (January 1, 1988)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 342 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0814656161
- ISBN-13 : 978-0814656167
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.71 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #262,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The bad: given the author is a Catholic and Jesuit one does expect sympathy with the Roman narratives - however in this case the author, ignoring all the recent great work by the Popes and Catholics worldwide towards reconciliation and closer Christian unity brushes aside half of the Universal Church - the Eastern "lung" of the Church - and describes the "Easterners" and the "Orientals", as he calls them, as "schismatics", "heretics", and so on. This might have been understandable in the 19th century, but not in the 21st. Anyone remotely familiar with the history of the early church knows very well how shaky are foundations of claims of Roman "supremacy" while apostolic and orthodox status of the eastern churches is not doubted by anyone in their right mind. It's time for Christians to be Christians first and Catholic/Orthodox/whatever second. Author's views towards the apostolic non-Chalcedonian churches are disappointing in particular - despite solemn declarations of successive Popes in recent memory he persists in calling non-Chalcedonians "monophysites", "schismatics" and "heretics". Initially promising but ultimately disappointing book.
The Catholic Church lists a full twenty ecumenical councils, but interestingly Davis, a Jesuit, concludes with the remark "Perhaps in the interests of better relations with the Orthodox and Protestants, the time has come to reconsider the whole question and accept with them only the first seven great councils as the truly ecumenical pillars of the faith".
Er benutzt zudem ein Englisch, dass sich gut lesen lässt.