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Overview

The first comprehensive introduction to the Orthodox Church in the United States from 1794 to the present, this book includes a succinct picture of the distinctive history of Orthodoxy and its particular perspectives on the Christian faith. Attention is given to the contacts between the Orthodox Church and other Christian churches, as well as its contributions to the ecumenical movement. Over 80 biographies of major Orthodox leaders in America also are included along with an annotated bibliography of the writings of the major Orthodox theologians.

The book begins with a review of the historical characteristics and distinctive faith affirmations of Orthodoxy, which has a history that is quite different from Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. Subsequent chapters examine the historical development of the Orthodox Church in this country, with special attention being paid to the early mission in Alaska, the effects of immigration, the organizational developments of parishes and dioceses, the effects of old world politics, the movement toward greater unity, and the distinctive features of American Orthodoxy today. The material is fresh and inclusive, covering all major branches and treating them with an irenic spirit. The biographies are thoughtful and informative, and there is a tremendous amount of bibliographic and reference material. Scholars, practitioners in every faith, and laypersons will find this volume indispensable.

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Describes the origins and developments of the Orthodox Church in the US during the past 200 years and the complex reasons behind the continuance of numerous Orthodox entities, covering the Alaskan Mission, early parish and diocesan developments, and jurisdictional cooperation and focusing on the real-life experiences of the men and women involved in church life. Includes a biographical dictionary of Orthodox leaders, a chronology, and a bibliographic essay. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313262814
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/1995
  • Series: Denominations in America Series , #7
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

THOMAS E. FITZGERALD is Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He has served as Executive Director of the Program on Unity and Renewal at the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Preface
1 The Orthodox Church: An Introduction 3
2 The Alaskan Mission 13
3 Early Parish Developments 23
4 Early Diocesan Developments 37
5 Proposals for Jurisdictional Cooperation 53
6 The Challenge of the Old World 63
7 The Challenge of the New World 75
8 Toward Greater Unity and Witness 87
9 An Era of Transitions 101
10 Heritage and Vision 117
Notes 131
Abbreviations Used in This Volume 149
Biographical Entries 151
Appendix I Chronology 221
Appendix II The Autocephalous and Autonomous Orthodox Churches 225
Appendix III The Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in America 227
Bibliographic Essay 229
Index 237
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