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Byzantine Theology

J Meyendorff
Byzantine Theology

Byzantine Theology

J Meyendorff

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For over a thousand years, Eastern Christendom had as its center the second capital of the Roman Empire - Constantinople, the New Rome, or Byzantium.;The geographical division between the Eastern and Western Churches was only one manifestation of deeper rifts, characterized by a long history of conflicts, suspicions, and misunderstandings. Although the art, monasticism, and spirituality of Byzantium have come to be recognized as inspirational and influential in the shaping of Eastern European civilization, and of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance as well, the West has been in the main ignorant of the historical evolution and the doctrinal significance of Byzantine theology.;Here, for the first time in English, is a synthesis of Byzantine Christian thought. The reader is guided through its complexities to an understanding of Byzantium; its view of man and his destiny of deification; its ability to transcend the Western captivity; and its survival under diverse historical circumstances.

- Publisher "No surer, more thorough, or more lucid guide has hitherto been provided." -The Slavonic and East European Review ". . . a must for libraries at colleges or universities with programs in the history of Christian thought." -Religious Studies Review

- Publisher The aim of this book is to describe the categories of theological thought as they were shaped in the framework of Byzantine Christian civilization, its philosophy of life, its liturgy, and its art, and as they persist in contemporary Eastern Orthodoxy. The central theme, or intuition, of Byzantine theology is that man's nature is not a static, 'closed, ' autonomous entity, but a dynamic reality, determined in its very existence by its relationship to God.

- Publisher

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About "Byzantine Theology"

For over a thousand years, Eastern Christendom had as its center the second capital of the Roman Empire - Constantinople, the New Rome, or Byzantium.;The geographical division between the Eastern and Western Churches was only one manifestation of deeper rifts, characterized by a long history of conflicts, suspicions, and misunderstandings. Although the art, monasticism, and spirituality of Byzantium have come to be recognized as inspirational and influential in the shaping of Eastern European civilization, and of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance as well, the West has been in the main ignorant of the historical evolution and the doctrinal significance of Byzantine theology.;Here, for the first time in English, is a synthesis of Byzantine Christian thought. The reader is guided through its complexities to an understanding of Byzantium; its view of man and his destiny of deification; its ability to transcend the Western captivity; and its survival under diverse historical circumstances.
- Publisher

"No surer, more thorough, or more lucid guide has hitherto been provided." -The Slavonic and East European Review ". . . a must for libraries at colleges or universities with programs in the history of Christian thought." -Religious Studies Review
- Publisher

The aim of this book is to describe the categories of theological thought as they were shaped in the framework of Byzantine Christian civilization, its philosophy of life, its liturgy, and its art, and as they persist in contemporary Eastern Orthodoxy. The central theme, or intuition, of Byzantine theology is that man's nature is not a static, 'closed, ' autonomous entity, but a dynamic reality, determined in its very existence by its relationship to God.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

J Meyendorff

John Meyendorff, Professor Byzantine and Eastern European History at Fordham University, is an Orthodox priest, a holder of the D. es L. (Sorbonne), and the author of several books on Orthodoxy.

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  • Catalogue Code 134694
  • Product Code 0823209679
  • EAN 9780823209675
  • Pages 243
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Fordham University Press
  • Publication Date Jan 1987
  • Dimensions 230 x 154 x 14 mm
  • Weight 0.352kg

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