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Maternal Body - A Theology of Incarnation from the Christian East (Paperback): Carrie Frederick Frost Maternal Body - A Theology of Incarnation from the Christian East (Paperback)
Carrie Frederick Frost
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Being Orthodox - A Comprehensive Guide (Paperback): Being Orthodox - A Comprehensive Guide (Paperback)
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Being Orthodox is a comprehensive guide to the Orthodox tradition. It offers encouragement to ordinary Orthodox Christians involved in the demanding task of trying to live a devout life, and counsel to those seeking to convert. It will also appeal to the many Catholics and Anglicans interested in Orthodoxy. The first section focuses on GOD THE HOLY TRINITY AS THE ONE WHO PROVIDES MEANING AND STRUCTURE TO EVERYTHING. It looks at types of orthodoxy; the Bible and Orthodoxy; the Orthodox church building; the nature of Orthodox worship; the dress and vestments of the clergy and related matters. The second section is on LIVING AS AN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN. It explores becoming Orthodox; the Orthodox lifecycle from birth to death; fasting, confession and communion; Orthodox devotion; keeping Great Lent; the romance of Orthodoxy in literature, art and music, and why people cease to practice. The third section looks at GROWING AS AN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN with reference to the Orthodox Tradition and its sources; reading Orthodox theology, and following the example of the saints. An appendix offers the author's story of how he became Orthodox; the Order for Reception; a glossary of terms and recommended reading.

Witness Through Troubled Times - A History of the Orthodox Church of Georgia, 1811 to the Present (Hardcover): Tamara... Witness Through Troubled Times - A History of the Orthodox Church of Georgia, 1811 to the Present (Hardcover)
Tamara Grdzelidze, Martin George, Rev Lukas Vischer
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This work provides a comprehensive history of the Orthodox Church of Georgia and begins in the year 1811, which marks the removal of the church's autocephaly. It gives an insight into political and cultural life in Georgia as well as the persecution of religion by imperialist and communist Russia.

Year of Mercy with Pope Francis (Paperback): Pope Francis Year of Mercy with Pope Francis (Paperback)
Pope Francis; Edited by Kevin Cotter
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A History of the Athonite Commonwealth - The Spiritual and Cultural Diaspora of Mount Athos (Paperback): Graham Speake A History of the Athonite Commonwealth - The Spiritual and Cultural Diaspora of Mount Athos (Paperback)
Graham Speake
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This book examines the part played by monks of Mount Athos in the diffusion of Orthodox monasticism throughout Eastern Europe and beyond. It focuses on the lives of outstanding holy men in the history of Orthodoxy who have been drawn to the Mountain, have absorbed the spirit of its wisdom and its prayer, and have returned to the outside world, inspired to spread the results of their labours and learning. In a remarkable demonstration of what may be termed 'soft power' in action, these men have carried the image of Athos to all corners of the Balkan peninsula, to Ukraine, to the very far north of Russia, across Siberia and the Bering Strait into North America, and most recently (when traditional routes were closed to them by the curtain of communism) to the West. Their dynamic witness is the greatest gift of Athos to a world thirsting for spiritual guidance.

The Rider the Steed the Dragon - The Saint George Icons of Peris Ieremiadis (Paperback): John Raffan The Rider the Steed the Dragon - The Saint George Icons of Peris Ieremiadis (Paperback)
John Raffan
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Selected Discourses of Shenoute the Great - Community, Theology, and Social Conflict in Late Antique Egypt (Hardcover): David... Selected Discourses of Shenoute the Great - Community, Theology, and Social Conflict in Late Antique Egypt (Hardcover)
David Brakke, Andrew T. Crislip
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Shenoute the Great (c.347-465) led one of the largest Christian monastic communities in late antique Egypt and was the greatest native writer of Coptic in history. For approximately eight decades, Shenoute led a federation of three monasteries and emerged as a Christian leader. His public sermons attracted crowds of clergy, monks, and lay people; he advised military and government officials; he worked to ensure that his followers would be faithful to orthodox Christian teaching; and he vigorously and violently opposed paganism and the oppressive treatment of the poor by the rich. This volume presents in translation a selection of his sermons and other orations. These works grant us access to the theology, rhetoric, moral teachings, spirituality, and social agenda of a powerful Christian leader during a period of great religious and social change in the later Roman Empire.

The Sacred in Life and Art (Paperback): Philip Sherrard The Sacred in Life and Art (Paperback)
Philip Sherrard
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Performing Orthodox Ritual in Byzantium (Hardcover): Andrew Walker White Performing Orthodox Ritual in Byzantium (Hardcover)
Andrew Walker White
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In this groundbreaking, interdisciplinary study, Andrew Walker White explores the origins of Byzantine ritual - the rites of the early Greek Orthodox Church - and its unique relationship with traditional theatre. Tracing the secularization of pagan theatre, the rise of rhetoric as an alternative to acting, as well as the transmission of ancient methods of musical composition into the Byzantine era, White demonstrates how Christian ritual was in effect a post-theatrical performing art, created by intellectuals who were fully aware of traditional theatre but who endeavoured to avoid it. The book explores how Orthodox rites avoid the aesthetic appreciation associated with secular art, and conducts an in-depth study (and reconstruction) of the late Byzantine Service of the Furnace. Often treated as a liturgical drama, White translates and delineates the features of five extant versions, to show how and why it generated widely diverse audience reactions in both medieval times and our own.

Languages and Cultures of Eastern Christianity: Greek (Hardcover, New Ed): Scott Fitzgerald Johnson Languages and Cultures of Eastern Christianity: Greek (Hardcover, New Ed)
Scott Fitzgerald Johnson; Series edited by Robert Hoyland, Arietta Papaconstantinou
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This volume brings together a set of fundamental contributions, many translated into English for this publication, along with an important introduction. Together these explore the role of Greek among Christian communities in the late antique and Byzantine East (late Roman Oriens), specifically in the areas outside of the immediate sway of Constantinople and imperial Asia Minor. The local identities based around indigenous eastern Christian languages (Syriac, Coptic, Armenian, Georgian, etc.) and post-Chalcedonian doctrinal confessions (Miaphysite, Church of the East, Melkite, Maronite) were solidifying precisely as the Byzantine polity in the East was extinguished by the Arab conquests of the seventh century. In this multilayered cultural environment, Greek was a common social touchstone for all of these Christian communities, not only because of the shared Greek heritage of the early Church, but also because of the continued value of Greek theological, hagiographical, and liturgical writings. However, these interactions were dynamic and living, so that the Greek of the medieval Near East was itself transformed by such engagement with eastern Christian literature, appropriating new ideas and new texts into the Byzantine repertoire in the process.

Church, Papacy, and Schism - A Theological Enquiry (Paperback, 2nd edition): Philip Sherrard Church, Papacy, and Schism - A Theological Enquiry (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Philip Sherrard
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Evangelical Christian Baptists of Georgia - The History and Transformation of a Free Church Tradition (Hardcover): Malkhaz... Evangelical Christian Baptists of Georgia - The History and Transformation of a Free Church Tradition (Hardcover)
Malkhaz Songulashvili
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Malkhaz Songulashvili, former Archbishop of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia (EBCG), provides a pioneering, exacting, and sweeping history of Georgian Baptists. Utilizing archival sources in Georgian, Russian, German, and Englishatranslating many of these crucial documents for the first time into Englishahe recounts the history of the EBCG from its formation in 1867 to the present. While the particular story of Georgian Baptists merits telling in its own right, and not simply as a feature of Russian religious life, Songulashvili employs Georgian Baptists as a sustained case study on the convergence of religion and culture. The interaction of Eastern Orthodox, Western Protestant, and Russian dissenting religious traditionsamixed into the political cauldron of Russian occupation of a formerly distinct eastern European culturealed to a remarkable experiment in Christian free-church identity. Evangelical Christian Baptists of Georgia allows readers to peer through the lens of intercultural studies to see the powerful relationships among politics, religion, and culture in the formation of Georgian Baptists, and their blending of Orthodox tradition into Baptist life to craft a unique ecclesiology, liturgy, and aesthetics.

The Icon Hunter - A Refugee`s Quest to Reclaim Her Nation`s Stolen Heritage (Hardcover): Tasoula Georgiou Hadjitofi The Icon Hunter - A Refugee`s Quest to Reclaim Her Nation`s Stolen Heritage (Hardcover)
Tasoula Georgiou Hadjitofi
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Witness Through Troubled Times - A History of the Orthodox Church of Georgia, 1811 to the Present (Paperback): Tamara... Witness Through Troubled Times - A History of the Orthodox Church of Georgia, 1811 to the Present (Paperback)
Tamara Grdzelidze, Martin George, Rev Lukas Vischer
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This work provides a comprehensive history of the Orthodox Church of Georgia and begins in the year 1811, which marks the removal of the church's autocephaly. It gives an insight into political and cultural life in Georgia as well as the persecution of religion by imperialist and communist Russia.

Coptic Orthodox Church (Paperback): Chaillot Coptic Orthodox Church (Paperback)
Chaillot
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The Patristic Witness of Georges Florovsky - Essential Theological Writings (Hardcover): Georges Florovsky The Patristic Witness of Georges Florovsky - Essential Theological Writings (Hardcover)
Georges Florovsky; Edited by Brandon Gallaher, Paul Ladouceur
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Georges Florovsky (1893-1979) was one of the most prominent Orthodox theologians and ecumenists of the twentieth century. His call for a return to patristic writings as a source of modern theological reflection had a powerful impact not only on Orthodox theology in the second half of the twentieth century, but on Christian theology in general. Florovsky was also a major Orthodox voice in the ecumenical movement for four decades and he is one of the founders of the World Council of Churches. This book is a collection of major theological writings by George Florovsky. It includes representative and widely influential but now largely inaccessible texts, many newly translated for this book, divided into four thematic sections: Creation, Incarnation and Redemption, The Nature of Theology, Ecclesiology and Ecumenism, and Scripture, Worship and Eschatology. A foreword by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware presents the theological vision of Georges Florovsky and discusses the continuing relevance of his work both for Orthodox theology and for modern theology in general. The introduction by the Editors provides a theological and historical overview of Florovsky theology in teh context of his biography. The book includes explanatory notes, translation of patrisitc citations and an index.

Orthodox Mysteries - Sacraments and Worship of the Orthodox Church (Paperback): Jessica Rose Orthodox Mysteries - Sacraments and Worship of the Orthodox Church (Paperback)
Jessica Rose; Illustrated by Irke Petterberg- Laurila; Translated by Tuija Vanttinen- Newton
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Writings from the Philokalia (Paperback, Main): E. Kadloubovsky Writings from the Philokalia (Paperback, Main)
E. Kadloubovsky; Edited by G.E.H. Palmer; Translated by E. Kadloubovsky, G.E.H. Palmer
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The Philokalia is an important collection of writings by Fathers of the Eastern Church dating from the fourth to the fourteenth century. It exists in three versions: the Greek, complied in the eighteenth century; the Slavonic; and the Russian.

The Russian text, translated by Bishop Theophan the Recluse in the nineteenth century, and consisting of five volumes (with which a sixth is sometimes associated), is the most complete of all three versions. It is the Russian text that has been used in translating into English this selection, which presents a range of Philokalia writings concerning the Jesus Prayer.

Faith and Science in Russian Religious Thought (Hardcover): Teresa Obolevitch Faith and Science in Russian Religious Thought (Hardcover)
Teresa Obolevitch
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Faith and Science in Russian Religious Thought provides a comprehensive analysis of the relationship between science and faith in Russian religious thought. Teresa Obolevitch offers a synthetic approach on the development of the problem throughout the whole history of Russian thought, starting from the medieval period and arriving in contemporary times. She considers the relationship between science and religion in the eighteenth century, the so-called academic philosophy of the 19th and 20th century, the thought of Peter Chaadaev, the Slavophiles, and in the most influential literature figures, such as Fedor Dostoevsky and Lev Tolstoy. The volume also analyses two channels of the formation of philosophy in the context of the relationship between theology and science in Russia. The first is connected with the attempt to rationalize the truths of faith and is exemplified by Vladimir Soloviev and Nikolai Lossky; the second wtih the apophatic tradition is presented by Pavel Florensky and Semen Frank. The book then describes the relation to scientific knowledge in the thought of Lev Shestov, Nikolai Berdyaev, Sergius Bulgakov, and Alexei Losev as well as the original project of Russian Cosmism (on the examples of Nikolai Fedorov, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, and Vladimir Vernadsky). Obolevitch presents the current state of the discussion on this topic by paying attention to the Neopatristic synthesis (Fr Georges Florovsky and his followers) and offers the brief comparative analyse of the relationship between science and religion from the Western and Russian perspectives.

Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh - Essential Writings (Paperback): Gillian Crow Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh - Essential Writings (Paperback)
Gillian Crow
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For over fifty years, Anthony Bloom (1914-2003 was head of the russian Orthodox Church ihn Great Britain (Patriarchate of Moscow). Arriving in Britain in 1949 he played a major part of ecumenical work and exerted a wide influence through his broadcasts, writings (he is the author of several spiritual classics), and reputation as a spiritual leader. His writings reflect both the essence of Orthodoxy and his own experience of the struggle to live Christianity on a daily basis.

Communion Chants of the Thirteenth-Century Byzantine Asmatikon (Hardcover): Simon Harris Communion Chants of the Thirteenth-Century Byzantine Asmatikon (Hardcover)
Simon Harris
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This is a complete edition with critical commentary of the Byzantine Communions in thirteenth-century manuscripts of the Asmatikon, all known sources being used. The chants concerned are the earliest known examples of Communion Chants of the Orthodox Church, and are found in a book which may go back to the rite of St Sophia at Constantinople during the tenth century-the earliest copies of which date from the thirteenth-century and come from South Italy and North Greece. Further more, there are also a few manuscripts from Kiev with text in Church Slavonic and an untranscribable musical notation. This is the first systematic transcription of the Asmatikon ever to be published.

A History of the Athonite Commonwealth - The Spiritual and Cultural Diaspora of Mount Athos (Hardcover): Graham Speake A History of the Athonite Commonwealth - The Spiritual and Cultural Diaspora of Mount Athos (Hardcover)
Graham Speake
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This book examines the part played by monks of Mount Athos in the diffusion of Orthodox monasticism throughout Eastern Europe and beyond. It focuses on the lives of outstanding holy men in the history of Orthodoxy who have been drawn to the Mountain, have absorbed the spirit of its wisdom and its prayer, and have returned to the outside world, inspired to spread the results of their labours and learning. In a remarkable demonstration of what may be termed 'soft power' in action, these men have carried the image of Athos to all corners of the Balkan peninsula, to Ukraine, to the very far north of Russia, across Siberia and the Bering Strait into North America, and most recently (when traditional routes were closed to them by the curtain of communism) to the West. Their dynamic witness is the greatest gift of Athos to a world thirsting for spiritual guidance.

John of Damascus - New Studies on his Life and Works (Hardcover, New Ed): Vassa Kontouma John of Damascus - New Studies on his Life and Works (Hardcover, New Ed)
Vassa Kontouma
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For more than five hundred years the life and work of John of Damascus (c. 655-c.745) have been the subject of a very extensive literature, scholarly and popular, in which it is often difficult to get one's bearings. Through the studies included here (of which 6 appear in a translation into English made specially for this volume), Vassa Kontouma provides a critical review of this literature and attempts to answer several open questions: the author and date of composition of the official Life of John, the philosophical significance of the Dialectica (a study which has its first publication here), the original structure of the Exposition of the Orthodox faith, the identity of ps.-Cyril, the authenticity of the Letter on Great Lent, and questions of Mariology. She also opens new vistas for research along four main lines: the life of John of Damascus and its sources, Neochalcedonian philosophy, systematic theology in Byzantium, and Christian practices under the Umayyads.

Early Christian Writings - The Apostolic Fathers (Paperback, Revised): Andrew Louth Early Christian Writings - The Apostolic Fathers (Paperback, Revised)
Andrew Louth; Revised by Andrew Louth; Translated by Maxwell Staniforth
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These letters and short theological treatises provide a rich guide to the emerging traditions and organization of the infant Church.

Welcoming Finitude - Toward a Phenomenology of Orthodox Liturgy (Hardcover): Christina M. Gschwandtner Welcoming Finitude - Toward a Phenomenology of Orthodox Liturgy (Hardcover)
Christina M. Gschwandtner
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This book seeks to understand more fully the religious experience of participating in liturgy, using the tools of philosophical phenomenology and applying them to the example of Eastern Orthodox Christian liturgical experience. In this it provides a methodology for the examination of liturgy both to liturgical theologians and to people affiliated with or interested in Eastern Orthodoxy. It employs the tools of contemporary phenomenology (especially French phenomenology) to explore religious experience, showing that this need not concern only isolated, exorbitant, individual experience (the dominant current paradigm), but can also profitably be applied to communal and ordinary religious experience, such as that undergone in ritual, thus pushing the contemporary phenomenological conversation in new directions and challenging some of its dominant assumptions. The study investigates various aspects of liturgical experience and practice: the ways in which time and space are organized in cyclical, directed, and repetitive structures, the way in which the body, the senses, and the emotions are experienced in various kinds of liturgical events and practices, how others are encountered in the space and time of the liturgy, how liturgical action is directed toward the divine. In this context, it examines the intentionality of liturgy, its embodied forms of expression, such as postures and gestures, its appeal to affect and shaping of dispositions, its formation of identity, and other such experiential elements. While examples are drawn primarily from Orthodox Christian liturgy, it is the broader structures of worship experiences that are at stake in this philosophical examination of the experience of liturgy. The study thus seeks to open a wider phenomenological conversation and show how phenomenology can be usefully employed for the study of liturgical and ritual experience.

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