The Cambridge Companion to Orthodox Christian Theology [NOOK Book]

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Orthodox Christian theology is often presented as the direct inheritor of the doctrine and tradition of the early Church. But continuity with the past is only part of the truth; it would be false to conclude that the eastern section of the Christian Church is in any way static. Orthodoxy, building on its patristic foundations, has blossomed in the modern period. This volume focuses on the way Orthodox theological tradition is understood and lived today. It explores the Orthodox understanding of what theology is: ...
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Overview

Orthodox Christian theology is often presented as the direct inheritor of the doctrine and tradition of the early Church. But continuity with the past is only part of the truth; it would be false to conclude that the eastern section of the Christian Church is in any way static. Orthodoxy, building on its patristic foundations, has blossomed in the modern period. This volume focuses on the way Orthodox theological tradition is understood and lived today. It explores the Orthodox understanding of what theology is: an expression of the Church's life of prayer, both corporate and personal, from which it can never be separated. Besides discussing aspects of doctrine, the book portrays the main figures, themes and developments that have shaped Orthodox thought. There is particular focus on the Russian and Greek traditions, as well as the dynamic but less well-known Antiochian tradition and the Orthodox presence in the West.
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Editorial Reviews

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'This is a remarkable book - as remarkable for the wide scope of its articles as for their quality.' The Messenger

'This book can be read in many ways - as a summary of themes and movements, as a history of theological development, as a devotional meditation, and also as a piece of creative theological thinking in its own right.' Journal of Theological Studies

'… an impressive collection of essays in the long tradition of the Cambridge Companions to Religion. Well worth adding to any library which has collections in this field and, especially the paperback edition, easily accessible for the bookshelves of individual scholars.' Reference Reviews

'This book is truly what it sets out to be: a very useful 'companion' to Orthodox studies … It is refreshing and uncommon to see a useful and important resource on Orthodox Christian theology edited by two Western Orthodox women scholars; Cambridge University Press should be congratulated for entrusting the task to their competent hands.' Theology

'This book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in the contemporary situation of Orthodox life and theology today.' The Expository Times

' … this is an accessible and attractive collection, from which much can be learned.' The Journal of Church History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781139801409
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/2012
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Religion
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 928,571
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Mary Cunningham is a Lecturer in Theology at the University of Nottingham. Her publications include Faith in the Byzantine World (2002).

Elizabeth Theokritoff is an independent scholar and translator, with particular interests in liturgical theology and theology of creation. She has lectured and led workshops widely and published numerous articles.

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Table of Contents

A chronology of the Eastern Churches

Who are the Orthodox Christians? : a historical introduction Mary B. Cunningham Cunningham, Mary B. Elizabeth Theokritoff Theokritoff, Elizabeth 1

1 Scripture and tradition in the Church Theodore G. Stylianopoulos Stylianopoulos, Theodore G. 21

2 Biblical interpretation in worship Archimandrite Ephrem Lash Lash, Archimandrite Ephrem 35

3 God in Trinity Boris Bobrinskoy Bobrinskoy, Boris 49

4 Creator and creation Elizabeth Theokritoff Theokritoff, Elizabeth 63

5 The human person as image and likeness of God Nonna Verna Harrison Harrison, Nonna Verna 78

6 Christ and salvation Peter Bouteneff Bouteneff, Peter 93

7 Eschatology Hilarion Alfeyev Alfeyev, Hilarion 107

8 The Church Matthew Steenberg Steenberg, Matthew 121

9 Theology of the icon Mariamna Fortounatto Fortounatto, Mariamna Mary B. Cunningham Cunningham, Mary B. 136

10 The spiritual way John Chryssavgis Chryssavgis, John 150

11 Church Fathers and the shaping of Orthodox theology Augustine Casiday Casiday, Augustine 167

12 The patristic revival and its protagonists Andrew Louth Louth, Andrew 188

13 The Russian religious revival and its theological legacy Michael Plekon Plekon, Michael 203

14 Some key themes and figures in Greek theological thought Athansios N. Papathanasiou Papathanasiou, Athansios N. 218

15 Personhood and its exponents in twentieth-century Orthodox theology Aristotle Papanikolaou Papanikolaou, Aristotle 232

16 The witness of the Church in a pluralistic world : theological renaissance in the Church of Antioch Nicolas Abou Mrad Mrad, Nicolas Abou 246

17 Russian theology after totalitarianism Leonid Kishkovsky Kishkovsky, Leonid 261

18Orthodox Christianity in the West : the ecumenical challenge John A. Illions Illions, John A. 276

Glossary 293

Bibliography 295

Index 311

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