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The Orthodox Church: New Edition Paperback – June 1, 1993
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The cover states that this title is "a clear, detailed introduction to the Orthodox Church written for the non-Orthodox as well as for Orthodox Christians who wish to know more about their own tradition." I couldn't have said it better myself.
This volume is divided into two sections. Part one covers the history of the Church from the beginnings at Pentecost through Byzantium (the Seven Councils and the Great Schism), then the conversion of the Slavs, the Church under Islam, the Russian Church, and on into the twentieth century. Especially sobering is the author's summary of events surrounding the eastern European Orthodox Churches under communism. Coverage of the growth of the Orthodox Church in North America helps explain the current state of things.
Part two discusses faith and worship and covers such important topics as: Holy Tradition, God and humankind, the theology and structure of the Church, and detailed explanations of various components of Orthodox worship (including sacraments, feasts, fasts and private prayer). The final chapter, entitled "The Orthodox Church and the Reunion of Christians," explains various views within the Church concerning the ecumenical movement and the World Council of Churches, and highlights dialogues with various church bodies including Roman Catholics, Old Catholics, Anglicans, and other Eastern Christian bodies such as the Coptic Church and the Armenian Orthodox Church.Read more ›
Part One of this book displays a well-defined and compact discourse concerning the Early Church, the Church of the Seven Councils, and the struggling Church in a state of siege and persecution.
Part Two makes evident the faith and worship of the Orthodox Church. In this section, Timothy Ware discusses the principles behind Orthodox Liturgy, the Sacraments, and God's relations with the individuals that constitute the invisible body of the Church. As a reader I discovered the the little things that engendered big friction between the East and the West. Also I found valuable information about the rise of communist Russia, the internal and external dissent between Orthodox Churches during this period, and the prevalence of a faith that has remained nearly unchanged throughout the ups and downs of its long history.
So I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in Church History, or for someone who simply wishes to look at the Orthodox Church from the pen of an Orthodox writter.
The irenic approach should not lead one to believe Ware is indifferent towards ecclesial affiliations. It is quite apparent he holds Orthodoxy as the one true Christian Faith. However, this does not lead him to wholesale condemnations of Christians in other traditions, but rather a clear contrast of the Orthodox position to those of the Western Churches.
Originally written when Orthodoxy had few converts in the West, Ware (who became Orthodox in 1958) gives an overview of Orthodox Christianity for those in the West who might find its beliefs and practices alien.
Intertwining theological and historical developments in the Church, Ware gives a highly readable analysis of the development of Orthodox doctrine and spirituality. The book is divided into two parts. The first of these presents an Orthodox view of Church history.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Detailed information on the Orthodox church. I needed some background information for a course that I teach, and this book was very adequate.Published 6 days ago by Robert Patton
Knowledge of the Chuch and the helpfulness to new people in the church.Published 1 month ago by Awl1957
Thank you for taking time to explain many facets of Orthodox Christianity , in history, present, and future hope. Best wishes.Published 3 months ago by Billy-Bob Bud-Brown
Most Westerners think there are two brands of Christianity: Catholic and Protestant, however there is a third: Orthodox. Read morePublished 5 months ago by James Kenney
Older editions [1960s to 1980s] are excellent representations of Orthodox Christianity and Church Life. Read morePublished 6 months ago by C. Miller
I won't lie. I read this book as a requirement for joining the Greek Orthodox Church, which itself was a requirement for marrying my then-fiancé in her childhood church. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Joe Baur
Excellent history of the Church and its practices, its a classic.Published 9 months ago by Bohdan Melnychenko