THIS BOOK WILL HELP YOU
- to appreciate the depth and beauty of the dominant form of
Christianity in Greece, Russia and much of Eastern Europe
- to understand the tenets, nature and holy days of Orthodox belief
- to recognize the physical features of an Orthodox church, and the
spiritual significance of icons
- to know what to expect and how to conduct yourself during
Orthodox services and ceremonies
Orthodoxy is the dominant form of Christianity in Greece, Russia,
parts of Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Its practices are largely
unfamiliar in the West, and have remained essentially unchanged
since the earliest days of the faith. This lucid introduction
outlines the tenets, nature and holy days of Orthodox belief with
the Western reader in mind. It describes the physical church,
especially icons, services, and common practices, and offers advice
to visitors on how to conduct themselves so that they are accepted
and feel comfortable.
Several chapters concern the life of Jesus and the beginnings of
Christianity; others trace the origins and history of the Church,
with particular attention to its great champion, Constantine the
Great. The present structure of the Church is described in brief,
and the split between the Eastern and the Western Churches is
related with differences clearly explained.
The great antiquity and beauty of its liturgy, its essentially
minimal hierarchy and its mystical yet pragmatic approach make the
Orthodox religion a powerful medium for its profound and universal
message. This deceptively simple volume takes the reader on a
journey to the heart of the Christian tradition.
ACCESS THE WORLD'S RELIGIONS
"Simple Guides: Religion" is a series of concise, accessible
introductions to the world's major religions. Written by experts in
the field, they offer an engaging and sympathetic description of
the key concepts, beliefs and practices of different faiths.
Ideal for spiritual seekers and travellers alike, "Simple Guides"
aims to open the doors of perception. Together the books provide a
reliable compass to the world's great spiritual traditions, and a
point of reference for further exploration and discovery. By
offering essential insights into the core values, customs and
beliefs of different
societies, they also enable visitors to be aware of the cultural
sensibilities of their hosts, and to behave in a way that fosters
mutual respect and understanding.
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