An Introduction to the Christian Orthodox Churches
|Cambridge University Press (2002)|
|1 copy available|
This 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 discusses 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. The final chapter examines the response of the Churches to the new freedom following the collapse of communism and the prospects for the future.
“…[a] fine work…a first-rate study and highly recommended. The author…writes clearly and competently in a carefully nuanced manner that avoids patronizing Christians of either the East or West…essential and accessible…” Paul E. Michelson, Huntington College, Journal of American Academy of Religion
“Binns is particularly good on the current state of the Orthodox Church and the problems it faces as it is forced into dialogue with other churches, other religious traditions and modernity…Binns writes well about the current divisions between progressive and reactionary strains in Orthodoxy.” Christian Century
“…he treats liturgy, doctrine, icons, monasticism, popular piety, mission, church and state, the divison of Christendom into East and West, and prospects for reform and ecumenism.”