Through Western Eyes: Eastern Orthodoxy: A Reformed Perspective
The culture of the Eastern Church is alien to our experience. Yet the more we familiarize ourselves with the Eastern Church the more we recognize, for all the differences, the family resemblances. The family has been parted for a very...
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The culture of the Eastern Church is alien to our experience. Yet the more we familiarize ourselves with the Eastern Church the more we recognize, for all the differences, the family resemblances. The family has been parted for a very long time. But chances have arisen to meet again and get to know one another.In recent years, Eastern Orthodoxy has emerged vividly on the radar of Western Christians - hitherto, it was largely ignored. The separation has been due to the long-term historical disruption caused by differences in language, outlook and theology and eventually by the depredations of Islam. Because of these East and West went their separate ways. As a result, the respective theologies appear at times to inhabit parallel universes. However, this ignorance is changing. Eastern Orthodoxy is increasingly popular in the Anglo-Saxon world. It conveys a sense of mystery, of continuity with the past, of dignified worship at a time when evangelical Protestantism is increasingly cheapen
Robert Letham (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is Lecturer in Systematic and Historical Theology at Wales Evangelical School of Theology. He has been in pastoral ministry for 25 years - and at Emmanuel Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Delaware since 1989. He has taught at London Bible College and is Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia and visiting Professor of Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington/Baltimore.
He is the author of The Work of Christ (IVP, 1993); The Lord's Supper (Presbyterian and Reformed, 2001); The Holy Trinity (Presbyterian and Reformed, 2004); Assurance in Theological Context: Reformed Dogmatics 1523-1619 (Rutherford Studies in Historical Theology); The Westminster Assembly: Reading its Theology in Context (Presbyterian and Reformed / Craig Center for the Study of the Westminster Standards, 2009); Union with Christ (Presbyterian and Reformed) and The Person of Christ (The Bible Speaks Today Themes Series, IVP)
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