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The Orthodox Church: New Edition Paperback – June 1, 1993
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About the Author
Timothy Ware, His Excellency the Most Reverend Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia, was Spalding Lecturer of Eastern Orthodox Studies at Oxford University until his retirement in 2001.
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It explains the history and dogma of this very interesting, to me, religion.
The Orthodox Church is not Roman Catholicism without the Pope.
This well written book explains that in great detail.
I feel enlightened.
While this book makes for insightful and enjoyable reading, one cannot help but feel the pain for what the Body of Christ had to be dragged through over fine points of doctrines and nuances in terminology(eg monophysitism, the filioque clause, etc )and personal viewpoints (Possessors vs Non-possessors). When the contention for political power and control entered the mix, it became an even sorrier mess. Ironically, the Eastern Christians received a relatively more humane treatment from the Islamic powers that be during the Turkish rule than brothers of their own kind when they disagreed. Alexander Solzenitsyn must take the cake for his poignant remark that 'the line between good and evil runs right through the middle of each of us,...that deep within even the best of men, there is still a small corner of evil.'
Still, Kallistos Ware offers a glimmer of hope when he points to promising signs of reconciliation in recent dialogues with the non-Chalcedonian brothers, the Catholic Church and the Anglicans. This is the sort of movement that the world longs to see - a visible, concrete manifestation of Christian charity among Christ's followers. Reading this book is itself a good start in reclaiming our common heritage, owning both the good and bad chapters of our common history and embracing a faith that allows for a rich diversity of faith languages and expressions and recognising that at the foot of the cross, we are all sinners in need of grace.
It is written by a Bishop of that church and is sensitive to what a typical English language reader would need to be introduced to. The author is English, by the way. It isn't a new book, but the Orthodox Church doesn't change very much every few centuries :)