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eBook ê Orthodox Christianity Volume I Paperback í johnscyclingdiary Ô [KINDLE] ❃ Orthodox Christianity Volume I ❆ Hilarion Alfeyev – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk Foreword by His Holiness Alexei II Patriarch of Moscow and All RussiaTranslated from the Russian by Basil BushThis is the Uding iconssinging and architecture is shaped by theology and the liturgyTheology and the services in their turn influence the asceticpractice and the personal piety of each Christian they shape themoral and social teaching of the Church as well as its relationto other Christian confessions non Christian religions and thesecular worldThis volume begins with an account of the historical arc ofthe Orthodox Church during the first ten centuries afterChrist s nativity when the Christians of the east and west shareda common history In examining the The book is a good introduction to the history of Orthodox Christianity with some flaws The first noticeable flaw to me was that in his introduction to the Great Schism he produces a uotation from St Maximus the Confessor that seems to be very pro papist He does not mention that this text's authenticity is uestioned neither does he provide any sort of potential Orthodox understanding of what he might mean Instead he leaves it hanging in the air and continues onward In the section on Orthodoxy in the modern era he ignores some very important people like various saints who have shone forth in the Orthodox diaspora in the West and focuses upon people like Berdaev Bulgakov condemned both by Moscow and the Church abroad Soloviev and others who very clearly wander outside the mainstream Orthodox tradition on a number of points He seems eager to rehabilitate persons like Met Nikodim of Leningrad who died at the feet of Pope John Paul I In the words of my Georgian Orthodox friend on its return to Russia Met Nikodim's coffin had two stamps Vatican and KGB Nuff saidHoly personages like the recent hieromartyr Daniel Sysoev have taken this author to task for irresponsible scholarship as when he claimed that St Isaac the Syrian was Nestorian and for leanings toward universalism This along with the availability of other introductory works on Orthodoxy in English have made me avoid the subseuent volumes to this initial one The author is no doubt brilliant but sympathizes too often with liberal western scholarship for my tastes

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Foreword by His Holiness Alexei II Patriarch of Moscow and All RussiaTranslated from the Russian Orthodox Christianity Kindle by Basil BushThis is the first volume of a detailed and systematic expositionof the history canonical structure doctrine moral andsocial teaching liturgical services and spiritual life of theOrthodox Church The purpose of this series is to presentOrthodox Christianity as an integrated theological and liturgicalsystem in which all elements are interconnected Theology isbased on liturgical experience and church art incl It's nice to have a linear book that lays out 2000 years of Christendom Obviously he has to paint with a rather wide proverbial brush to cover so much territory but it's detailed enough for themes and patterns to emerge that help to clarify issues today Two major shortcomings1 It's very biased toward Russia It's not that what he's saying is untrue it's that I felt I was often only getting half the story2 The glaring omission of any women in the history of the church is frustrating Granted the church is patriarchal but even when he's mentioning martyrs and writers he doesn't give a second glance at what women have contributed It's as though for 2000 years they're inconseuential Regardless of its shortcomings I'm glad I read it

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Orthodox Christianity Volume ISecond millennium theauthor a hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church delvesdeeply into the life of Christianity in Russia providing a casestudy as it were of how Orthodoxy can infuse the literature artand philosophy of an entire culture He then goes on to discussthe canonical structure of the Orthodox Church describing theemergence and development of diocesan structures metropoliasand patriarchates as well as the contemporary structure ofworld Orthodoxy and the principle of canonical territory which forms the basis of inter Orthodox relation A very good introduction to Church history from an Orthodox perspective with some Russian flavor