The Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity

The Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity

by Timothy Ware

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Since its first publication thirty years ago, Timothy Ware’s book has become established throughout the English-speaking world as the standard introduction to the Orthodox Church. Orthodoxy continues to be a subject of enormous interest among Western Christians, and the author believes that an understanding of its standpoint is necessary before the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches can be reunited. He explains the Orthodox views on such widely ranging matters as ecumenical councils, sacraments, free will, purgatory, the papacy and the relation between the different Orthodox churches.

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ISBN-13: 9780141925004
Publisher: Penguin UK
Publication date: 04/29/1993
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 211,817
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Timothy Ware, His Excellency the Most Reverend Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia, was Spalding Lecturer of Eastern Orthodox Studies at Oxford University until his retirement in 2001.

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The Orthodox Church: Second Edition 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book literally has changed my life. I was born an Episcopalian and in 2002 became Roman Catholic. Being interested in Catholicism's separated brethren, I picked up this book on the 'Eastern dissidents'. It blew my mind! Little did I know how it was really the Roman Church that had separated from the Ancient Church through innovations like papal universal jurisdiction and the filoque clause that was added on to the Nicene Creed. Enough to say that, this book really sparked my interest in Eastern Orthodoxy and now I am seeking to convert to the Holy Orthodox Catholic Apostolic Church. The first half of the book deals with Church history and is very accessible. The second half deals with Church doctrine and Eastern spirituality. If you want to read just one book on Orthodoxy, pick up this and try to visit an Orthodox Church to take in Her Liturgy. Open minded seekers will not be disappointed.
MikeC More than 1 year ago
Most American Christians claim a "historical heritage" that goes to Jonathon Edwards, or George Whitefield in New England. Some actually trace their "lineage" way back - all the way to 1517 and the Reformers Luther, Calvin etc. But what most Christians don't know is that our legacy of faith can be traced all the way to Acts 2 in the Bible. The Orthodox Church is not a denomination. It is the Church! The one Church that Christ said that He would build. For a thousand years it remained singular, unbroken, undivided... and still remains so today. This great book will introduce you to the faith that has not changed and yet remains the same even today in a culture that seems to change and reinvent itself every week.

Tip - start the book in the second section which deals with the practical aspects of what Orthodoxy believes and teaches. The first part of the book is great - but it is overly historal and a person could get lost too early before they get to the meat and soul of the book.

read this book at your own risk! You will never be the same!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Orthodox Church provides a history of Eastern Orthodoxy that is concise and very readable. Along with identifying the key figures in the history of the church, the author also discusses the historical events that shaped its development. The second half of the book provides a survey of Orthodox dogma and belief. The reader should keep in mind that the author, Timothy Ware, is also Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia, and so he has an interest in how Orthodoxy is portrayed. But his interests are not overbearing and his rendering of the Church is actually refreshing, if not always objective. In fact, this book was recommended to me by the Russian Orthodox priest here in Juneau, site of the oldest continually active Russian Orthodox Church in Alaska. The reader may frequently wonder at the antiquity of Orthodoxy and at how decrees that affect the current course of the Orthodox Church were determined centuries, if not over a millennium, past. The author ends the book with a discussion of the role of Orthodoxy in contemporary Christianity, and in doing so affirms the need for Orthodoxy to emerge form the barriers it has thrown up around itself. As the author concludes, ¿We have everything to gain by continuing to talk to each other.¿
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the books that lead me to the Church the Lord promised in (Matt 16:18-19 and 1 Tim 3:14-15)Bishop Ware informs and enlightens the reader on the Church thats been telling the truth since 33a.d.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This outstanding work of Archbishop Kalistos is a must for all orthodox, and a good place to start the journey to Orthodoxy by anyone who is interested.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Really, as far as modern commentary on the 'One True Faith' is concerned, Timothy (Kallistos) Ware's is right near the top. It is both readable and highly informative, and one can most easily tell that the author is highly enthusiastic about the topic he is covering! These days, such enthusiasm (as displayed by Ware) among religious commentators--especially those who cover Orthodoxy--seems hard to come by. Though maybe a bit dated, 'The Orthodox Church' is a must-read for those who wish to learn about the Orthodox Christian Faith and its teachings.
davidpwithun on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little bit dated now, but still the standard and best introduction to the Orthodox Church for English-speakers. I hope Metropolitan Kallistos issues a third edition of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago