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- Publisher: St Vladimir's Seminary Press (July 1, 2012)
- Publication Date: July 1, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B008P0J5R6
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For the first time, I feel I have a much better appreciation as to why "man" is the pinnacle of God's creation, and why we are so important to Him. Indeed, what is revealed, or taught, in this book is essential to understanding the plan of Salvation and the Christian journey to spiritual maturity.
If I have one doubt about the material presented, it is with regard to "apophatic" or "hesychastic" method, and its use in conjunction with the "Jesus Prayer". Having experienced Buddhism, in my long journey to Eastern Orthodoxy, this sounds a lot like some of the meditation practices I was taught as a Zen practitioner. Had this form of prayer been a practice since apostolic times, I would be less concerned , but it appears to have arisen amongst 13th century monastics. Late developments in practice should be viewed with an eye of suspicion.
In spite of that one reservation, this book reaffirms for me my decision to convert to Eastern Orthodoxy. So much so that it is hard to view my former Christian affiliations as anything remotely resembling the Way that Christ taught.
Metropolitan Kallistos Ware was born in the UK as Timothy Ware, before joining the Orthodox Church in 1958. This book was originally published in 1966. I would describe as an introduction to how the Orthodox view the world. Less about dogma ("We believe X and reject Y because"), and more about general approaches to God and theology. As such, I think it can be appreciated by a Christian of any background.
I've been attending the Orthodox Church for 1.5 years, and I constantly go back to this book - either for a full re-read, or to reference sections here and there.
My favorite chapters were the ones on the Trinity, mystery, and prayer.
Top international reviews
If the Disciples could be transported through time to visit modern churches, there's no question that they would find the Orthodox Church's liturgies recognisably familiar to their first century worship.
Kallistos Ware does a great job of explaining esoteric theological concepts and making them accessible to the lay people. The book has a good structure which builds progressively in each chapter.
Without being critical of the Roman Catholic and protestant churches, the author makes it very clear what has been lost from their versions of Christianity over the 1000 years since the schism.
The quotations and reference notes (comprising almost half the page count) are impeccable.
I found this book so enjoyable and inspiring that as soon as I finished it I went back to the beginning and started reading it again. I can't say that about many books! Very highly recommended.