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The Melody of Faith: Theology in An Orthodox Key

Paperback|Aug 2010
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In the Orthodox Christian faith the elements of liturgy, scripture, hymnody, and iconography are the instruments or voices of a melody of faith. Here Vigen Guroian introduces his readers to the fundamental beliefs of Orthodox Christianity through the musical metaphor...


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In the Orthodox Christian faith the elements of liturgy, scripture, hymnody, and iconography are the instruments or voices of a melody of faith. Here Vigen Guroian introduces his readers to the fundamental beliefs of Orthodox Christianity through the musical metaphor of melody. Often drawing on his personal religious experience for illumination, Guroian weaves together the themes of creation and new creation, beginning and end, sin and holiness, Incarnation and deification, sacrifice and salvation.


^^Guroian explores the dogmatic foundation of this rich faith through six chapters, or "movements." Through discussion of Syrian, Armenian, Byzantine, and Russian iconography and Gospel illuminations - illustrated by 10–15 icons and Armenian miniatures - he further reveals how Orthodox Christianity expresses theology as much in art as through language.


^^The Melody of Faith not only reflects the spirit of Orthodox Christianity but also takes the reader to the theological heart of the Orthodox faith.


^^"It may be that the musical metaphor is especially appropriate to theology. It may be that theology is nearer in origin and character to music than architecture, despite modern assumptions to the contrary. . . . Music originates at the wellspring of human emotions and expresses an experience of the numinous."^
from the preface
-Publisher.



In the Orthodox Christian faith the elements of liturgy, scripture, hymnody, and iconography are the instruments or voices of a melody of faith. In The Melody of Faith Vigen Guroian introduces his readers to the fundamental beliefs of Orthodox Christianity using the metaphor of melody. / Often drawing on his personal religious experience for illumination, Guroian weaves together the themes of creation and new creation, beginning and end, sin and holiness, Incarnation and deification, sacrifice and salvation. By discussing several iconography traditions and illuminations from ancient gospels, he illustrates how Orthodox Christianity expresses theology in art as well as through language. / The Melody of Faith is a book that not only reflects the spirit of Orthodox Christianity but that also takes the reader to the theological heart of the Orthodox faith.
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 301352
  • Product Code 9780802864963
  • ISBN 0802864961
  • EAN 9780802864963
  • Pages 184
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category Orthodox Church
  • Publisher Eerdmans
  • Publication Date Aug 2010
  • Sales Rank 61425
  • Dimensions 209 x 139 x 11mm
  • Weight 0.254kg

Vigen Guroian

Vigen Guroian (Ph.D., Drew University) is a permanent Senior Fellow of the Russell Kirk Center and professor of religious studies in Orthodox Christianity at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Previously he was Professor of Theology and Ethics at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland. His many books include The Fragrance of God; Inheriting Paradise and Incarnate Love: Essays in Orthodox Ethics. His most recent release in 2010 was The Melody of Faith: Theology in an Orthodox Key.
Koorong -Editorial Review.

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