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An Introduction to the Christian Orthodox Churches

Author(s):   John Binns
Publisher:   Cambridge University Press (2002)
Format:   Paperback
Copies:   1 copy available
Product Info:   Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews

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“[An] extensive introductory treatment of the historical complexity of the Orthodox churches and a careful examination of virtually every element generally regarded as belonging to the distinctive theological and spiritual vision of Eastern Christendom. This more inclusive treatment of Orthodox communities is refreshing and desperately needed for historical and theological accuracy and depth…accomplished with remarkable clarity, depth, and understanding.” Helen Creticos Theodoropoulos, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Journal of Religion

“…[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.”

Book Description
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. 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 disc ussed in turn. A final chapter examines the response of the Churches to the new freedom following the collapse of communism and the prospects for the future.