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An Introduction to the Christian Orthodox Churches

John Binns

An Introduction to the Christian Orthodox Churches

John Binns

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This clear and accessible introduction describes the life of the Orthodox Churches of the Christian East from the accession of the Emperor Constantine in 312 up to the year 2000. It explores the nature of the various churches of the Christian East, both Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian Orthodox, the Church of the East, and Greek Catholic Churches. It explains both the common traditions and the different and sometimes divisive local characteristics. The distinctive Orthodox approaches to the themes of liturgy, theology, monastic life and spirituality, iconography, popular religion, mission, politics and the schism between East and West are discussed in turn. A final chapter examines the response of the Churches to their new freedom following the collapse of communism and the prospects for the future. For Christians of the West, a knowledge of Orthodoxy can open up fresh ways of looking at the Christian faith.

- Publisher "This clear and accessible introduction describes the history and the character of the Orthodox Churches of the Christian East from the accession of the Emperor Constantine in 312 to the present day. It includes the various national Orthodox Churches - both Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian - and also the Church of the East and the Greek Catholic Churches. There are both common traditions shared by these Churches but also different and sometimes divisive local characteristics. The distinctive Orthodox approaches to the themes of liturgy, theology, monastic life and spirituality, icons, popular religion, mission, politics and the issues which divide East and West are discussed in turn. A final chapter presents the response of the Churches to their new freedom following the collapse of Communist governments and the prospects for the future. An understanding of other Church traditions can open up fresh ways of looking at our own faith."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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This clear and accessible introduction describes the life of the Orthodox Churches of the Christian East from the accession of the Emperor Constantine in 312 up to the year 2000. It explores the nature of the various churches of the Christian East, both Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian Orthodox, the Church of the East, and Greek Catholic Churches. It explains both the common traditions and the different and sometimes divisive local characteristics. The distinctive Orthodox approaches to the themes of liturgy, theology, monastic life and spirituality, iconography, popular religion, mission, politics and the schism between East and West are discussed in turn. A final chapter examines the response of the Churches to their new freedom following the collapse of communism and the prospects for the future. For Christians of the West, a knowledge of Orthodoxy can open up fresh ways of looking at the Christian faith.
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"This clear and accessible introduction describes the history and the character of the Orthodox Churches of the Christian East from the accession of the Emperor Constantine in 312 to the present day. It includes the various national Orthodox Churches - both Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian - and also the Church of the East and the Greek Catholic Churches. There are both common traditions shared by these Churches but also different and sometimes divisive local characteristics. The distinctive Orthodox approaches to the themes of liturgy, theology, monastic life and spirituality, icons, popular religion, mission, politics and the issues which divide East and West are discussed in turn. A final chapter presents the response of the Churches to their new freedom following the collapse of Communist governments and the prospects for the future. An understanding of other Church traditions can open up fresh ways of looking at our own faith."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Table Of Contents

  • List Of Illustrations; List Of Maps; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction: Identifying Orthodoxy; 2. Description: A Map Of Orthodoxy; 3. Liturgy: Where Heaven And Earth Meet; 4. Doctrine: Believing In The Orthodox Churches; 5. Icons: Revelation In Image; 6. Monasticism: Shaping Of Saints; 7. Popular Piety: People, Places, Pilgrimage; 8. Mission: Incarnation As Proclamation; 9. Church And State: The Dream Of God's Kingdom On Earth; 10. East And West: The Division Of Christendom; 11. Prospect: A Cautious Reforming; Table Of Dates; Bibliography; Index.

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 182706
  • Product Code 0521667380
  • EAN 9780521667388
  • Pages 296
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date Jul 2002
  • Sales Rank #20127
  • Dimensions 229 x 152 x 16 mm
  • Weight 0.400kg

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