The Orthodox Church has ratings and reviews. Pat said: This is one of the most honest history books I’ve ever read. Ware sugarcoats neither Eas. This book is a general account of the doctrine, worship and life of Orthodox Christians by the author of the now classic THE ORTHODOX CHURCH. It raises the. “Patmos and its Monastery,” Eastern Churches “A Conference on the Problems of the Orthodox.

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Excerpts from the Orthodox Church by Bishop Kallistos Ware

Most noticeably are the icons. Inevitably one migh This is a well-written introduction to Orthodoxy by an author within the church, but well able to explain its history and theology to those outside. An eternal procession of the Spirit from the Father alone, a temporal mission from the Son: God, although absolutely transcendent, is not cut of from the world which He has made.

Apr 23, Donna rated it really liked it.

All except three of these Churches — Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Albania — are klalistos countries where the Christian population is entirely or predominantly Orthodox. Views Read View source View history.

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This book literally changed my life in that it matured my views and belief in G-d. Of course, my ecumenical leanings need not be reciprocated. Realizing that Rome would allow him less independence than Byzantium, Boris accepted this decision.

Cerularius and his synod retaliated by anathematizing Humbert but not the Roman Church as such. About thirty people were present, among them some of my acquaintances. However, I have to admit that I am not a Eastern Orthodoxy member and, therefore, I did not…umm…agree whole hearty on their practices… Yet that was to be expected and, on the scale of things, is something very, very minor as there is a TON we can learn from Eastern Orthodoxy about the nature of God, humanity and being the Body of Christ.

Thus the schism was outwardly healed, but no real solution had been reached concerning the two orthdoox points of difference which orthdoox dispute between Nicholas and Photius had forced into the open. But while Orthodoxy has always insisted on the reality of the change, it has never attempted to explain the manner of the change: Deeper issues were involved: He is not neutral and writes with a clear bent towards Orthodoxy, which is understandable and to be expected.


Certainly, we shall only be fully deified at the Last Day; but for each of us the process of divinization must begin here and now in this present life. The Eucharist, for example, stands at the heart of all Christian life and experience in a way that the Anointing of the Sick does not. This reverence for relics is not the fruit of ignorance and superstition, but springs from a highly developed theology of the body.

At any rate the Spanish Church interpolated the filioque at the third Council of Toledoif not before. The Russian church would endure its own repression during the Communist years, aside from a brief detente during World War 2. May 12, Seraphim rated it it was amazing. Church and sacraments are the means appointed by God whereby man may acquire the sanctifying Spirit and be transformed into the divine likeness.

The Orthodox Way by Kallistos Ware

Without bishops there can be no Orthodox people, but without Orthodox people there can be no true bishop. During this service the true kkallistos — Orthodoxy — is proclaimed, its defenders are honored, and anathemas pronounced on all who attack the Holy Icons or the Seven General Councils:.

While the core principles between Western and Orthodox tradition resemble each other, Ths varies to a slight degree. But in Orthodox worship people can come and go far more freely, and nobody is greatly surprised if one moves about wage the service. I think some of these “Intro to Orthodoxy” books tend to put newcomers off because they are tempted to feel offended. She has passed beyond death and judgement, and lives already in the Age to Come.

Oct 15, Alex rated it really liked it Shelves: People today tend to think of the Church as a worldwide organization, in which each local body forms part of a larger and more inclusive whole. The next seventy years witnessed a sharp conflict between Constantinople and Alexandria, in which for a time the victory went to the latter.


Aug chugch, Justin Evans rated it really liked it Shelves: No forgiveness for this fratricide would follow. In the Orthodox Church today, as in the Church of the early centuries, the three sacraments of Christian initiation — Baptism, Confirmation, First Communion — are linked closely together.

The Eucharist creates the unity of the Church.

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Orthodoxy claims to be universal — not something exotic and oriental, but simple Christianity. It was helpful 10 years ago, when I was unfamiliar with a lot of the history and theology; and it chudch interesting to read again now that these are all very familiar to me. Perhaps disorder is better than apathy.

But for the time being nothing was decided about the precise status of these great sees. Byzantine times, Orthodox have not always been sufficiently critical in their attitude to the past, and the result has frequently been stagnation. And Orthodox have never held as Augustine and many others in the west have done kaklistos unbaptized babies, because tainted with original guilt, are consigned by the just God to the everlasting games of Hell Thomas Orghodox, in his discussion of the fall, on the hhe followed Augustine, and in particular retained the idea of original guilt; but as regards unbaptized babies, he maintained that they go not to Hell but to Limbo — a view now generally accepted by Roman theologians.

Perhaps he recognized how seriously the policy of Nicholas had endangered the unity of Christendom.

This decentralized system of independent local Churches has the advantage of being highly flexible, and is easily adapted to changing conditions. But, the overarching goals remain the same. Let us look more carefully at this charge of semi-Sabellianism. Jun 23, Foreign Grid rated it really liked it Shelves: For the true aim of the Christian life is the acquisition of the Holy Spirit of God.