- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Conciliar Press; First edition (May 12, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936270137
- ISBN-13: 978-1936270132
- Package Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 66 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #848,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy: Exploring Belief Systems through the Lens of the Ancient Christian Faith Paperback – May 12, 2011
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From the Author
Have you ever wondered why religious doctrine matters? Are religious beliefs really just the arguments of a bunch of academics that have little bearing on real life? This book not only answers those questions but also embarks on a broad survey (a sort of "encyclopedia-level view") of nearly every major (and many minor!) Christian and non-Christian religious group in the world and how their beliefs and practices compare and contrast with the Orthodox Christian Church.
It will appeal to both the experienced explorer of religion and also the beginner, to both the Orthodox Christian and those who are unfamiliar with Orthodoxy.
Fans of the Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy podcast from Ancient Faith Radio will find that this work is not just a transcript of the podcast but represents a significantly revised and expanded set of material.
About the Author
The Rev. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick is pastor of St. Paul Orthodox Church in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. He also lectures widely on Orthodox evangelism, history, ecology, comparative theology, and localism. He is a founding member and one of the associate directors of the Society for Orthodox Christian History in the Americas. Fr. Andrew hosts the Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy and Roads from Emmaus podcasts, as well as writing the Roads from Emmaus weblog. He lives in Emmaus with his wife Kh. Nicole and their children.
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Top customer reviews
I am Orthodox, but now I understand some of the things a Pentecostal friend has said. I don't agree, but now I understand how hard it would be for him to think differently given his background. I think this will help me in many relationships to be more understanding, less likely to think someone is really strange to believe some of what they believe.
I could sit all day and discuss difference beliefs with someone. But this book gives insight into how those beliefs developed, what made people start thinking in that direction in the first place. That's information that a lot of people aren't aware of themselves and so couldn't share in a discussion. It also hows where there is a common ground.
I think anything that helps people understand each other is good. I love this book and can't say enough good about it!
Be aware that the author writes from the position that when Orthodoxy differs from other religions it is Orthodoxy that is correct. This is to be expected since it was written by an Orthodox priest.
As an Orthodox Christian, this book does an excelent job right from the begining by properly defining the terms so that there is no confusion from what Orthodoxy means to what heresy means and implies as in the first chapters it's important when going over what Roman Catholicism and Protestantism are. Though I used to be a Protestant and am very familiar with Roman Catholicism, not everyone is, especially the historical circumstances that gave birth to them with the various inovations in their traditions. So for Orthodox Christians it's great to be able to at least understand our heterodox friends and where they're coming from.
The following chapters that focus on various other non-Christian traditions has excellent tidbits to wet the appetite on what their histories are. If anything, this is the part why I've taken out 1 star just because these chapters aren't as elaborate as the ones on other Christian traditions though it's understandable as the author already had mentionned that the goal was to give an "encyclopedia level" description of them so if you want to further follow up more in depth, you can.
For non-Orthodox readers, I would recommend this book generally for the same reasons that I would for the Orthodox at least for getting a better historical context the various heterodox Christian groups and find the source of the doctorines and the reasons why they were adopted. I would have to warn Roman Catholics or Protestants/Evangelicals that some that is written may be hard to swallow and to avoid reading it if you're not open to the idea that your tradition may be heretical.
In conclusion, this book has been a great help in being able to better understand the origines of various heresies within Christendom in a clear and interesting way.