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Tradition Alive: On the Church and the Christian Life in Our Time - Readings from the Eastern Church
     

Tradition Alive: On the Church and the Christian Life in Our Time - Readings from the Eastern Church

by Michael Plekon, John H. Erickson (Foreword by)
 

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Michael Plekon's Tradition Alive presents a collection of essays highlighting not only the vibrant tradition of 20th century Eastern Orthodox thought, but also the necessity of its inclusion in the theological canon constructed mainly by Western Christian thinkers. Ranging from the thought of the first generation of Russian émigrés to contemporary

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Michael Plekon's Tradition Alive presents a collection of essays highlighting not only the vibrant tradition of 20th century Eastern Orthodox thought, but also the necessity of its inclusion in the theological canon constructed mainly by Western Christian thinkers. Ranging from the thought of the first generation of Russian émigrés to contemporary Eastern Orthodox theologians, the essays in Tradition Alive point toward a positive theology that is convinced of the immanence of the holy spirit despite a world torn apart by revolution, violence, and despair. The contributors profess their faith in the transforming presence of Christ and the divine dimensions of the church by looking to the meaning and power of tradition in the practices of Eastern Orthodox Christianity. By focusing on the Orthodox Church's ecclesial and liturgical character, the authors emphasize the living character of the Christian tradition. With many contributions difficult, if not impossible, to access until now, Tradition Alive presents a brave and distinctive effort to enliven Western theology by looking to the theology of the East.

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Cistercian Studies Quarterly
Michael Plekon has once again provided us with a splendid anthology of essays on the purpose and nature of tradition within the Eastern Orthodox theological milieu. This is a delightful, elegant book, which illuminates Merton's analysis that the simplicity found in the architectural aspects of both Shakers and Cistericians rests on the foundation of humility shared by these communities.
St Vladimir's Theological Quarterly
This book deserves a wide readership…[it] is the sort of book parish book review and adult study groups ought to be tackling, and I, for one, hope that priests and lay teachers will suggest its use in that setting-after having read it themselves.
Dr. Rowan Williams
This is a real treasury. The most creative and profound names in modern Orthodox thinking are brought before us in magnificently accessible form, at the hands of a first-class scholar who has already written eloquently about many of them. The interest of this book goes far beyond specialists in Eastern Christianity alone: here is a symphony of thoroughly contemporary Christian voices who are at the same time steeped in the life of worship and tradition. A splendid collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742531628
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

Michael P. Plekon is a professor in the department of sociology/anthropology and the program in religion and culture at Baruch College, City University of New York. He is also an ordained priest in the Orthodox Church in America.

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