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Orthodoxy: Evolving Tradition

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Orthodox Christianity 'divided into two main groups: Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox 'is now a world-wide phenomenon and one of the fastest growing Christian traditions in the United States. In this introduction to the tradition, the author presents a reasonably wide-ranging account of modern Orthodox beliefs primarily for non-Orthodox readers," and by examining beliefs and attitudes common in the West, explores whether they can be accommodated to traditional Orthodox ...

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Overview

Orthodox Christianity 'divided into two main groups: Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox 'is now a world-wide phenomenon and one of the fastest growing Christian traditions in the United States. In this introduction to the tradition, the author presents a reasonably wide-ranging account of modern Orthodox beliefs primarily for non-Orthodox readers," and by examining beliefs and attitudes common in the West, explores whether they can be accommodated to traditional Orthodox teachings. Includes an insert of icons in four-color!

David N. Bell is Professor of Religious Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Well known among Cistercian scholars for his studies of the Augustinian theology of William of Saint Thierry and the library holdings of medieval abbeys, he has also translated monastic works from Latin, Greek, and Coptic.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Those seeking an accurate and thoughtful guide to the history, teachings, and practices of the Orthodox Church can be assured that Orthodoxy fills the bill magnificently.
Catholic Studies

[T]his is a wonderful introduction, and Bell is to be congratulated for giving us such a useful text.
Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies

Written in a clear and graceful style, this book is an important contribution to our understanding of the Christian faith in its manifold faces.
Catholic Library World

Here is an attractive introduction to the liturgical practice and doctrines of the Orthodox churches.
CR

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879072285
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


David N. Bell is University Research Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at The Memorial University of Newfoundland. A graduate of the Universities of Leeds and Oxford, he has written on diverse subjects from the desert monastic tradition to the libraries of medieval and seventeenth century abbeys, taught courses in Asian as well as European religious traditions, and has translated works from Coptic, Greek, and Latin.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Taking a Look Around 11

2 Two Orthodox Families 19

3 Organization and Administration 35

4 Holy Icons and Holy Spirit 47

5 More About Icons 59

6 Tradition and Traditions 73

7 Becoming Like God 85

8 Going to Church 99

9 Becoming Orthodox 111

10 Sex, Marriage, and Celibacy 125

11 The Way of the Angels 139

12 Doing Your Own Thing 157

13 The Body and Blood of Christ 171

14 Orthodoxy and the West 183

15 Orthodoxy in the West 197

16 Orthodoxy: Principles and Problems 311

Index 223

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