Light from the Christian East: An Introduction to the Orthodox Tradition

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  • Copyright: 2007-08-30
  • Publisher: Intervarsity Pr
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To many people, the Orthodox Christian tradition (or Eastern Orthodoxy) seems unfamiliar and mysterious. Yet this tradition is arguably the most faithful representative of early Christianity in existence today and numbers roughly 250 million adherents worldwide. What's more, a steady stream of evangelical Christians has been entering the Orthodox Church in recent decades. Isn't it time we gained a deeper understanding of Orthodoxy? In Light from the Christian East, James Payton gives us just that. With a sympathetic eye and even hand, he ushers readers into the world of Orthodox Christianity its history, theology and religious practices. In doing so, he clears away the confusion and misunderstandings that often prevent non-Orthodox Christians from fully appreciating the riches of this ancient tradition. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in Orthodox Christianity. Market/Audience Students and professors of church history Readers of church history Orthodox readers Endorsements "This is a book for those who want a more comprehensive vision of the Christian faith without feeling the need to convert to the Orthodox Church. It ably and accurately provides information on major themes in Orthodox theology while inspiring readers to embrace all that is holy and right within it." BRADLEY NASSIF, professor of biblical and theological studies, North Park University (Chicago) "One of the best introductions available to the Eastern Orthodox Church and its theology... This book will find its way into many syllabi." JAMES J. STAMOOLIS, senior vice president of academic affairs and dean, Trinity College and Trinity Graduate School, and author of Eastern Orthodox Mission Theology Today Features and Benefits Offers an introduction and description of Eastern Orthodox history, doctrine and practice Dispels common misunderstandings about Eastern Orthodoxy

Author Biography

James R. Payton, Jr. is a professor of history at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario.

Table of Contents

Historical perspectivesp. 19
Western reactionsp. 43
Orthodoxy's approach to doctrinep. 57
Talking about Godp. 69
The creator and the creationp. 87
Humanity as created and fallenp. 102
The accomplishment of salvationp. 120
The application of salvationp. 132
What is grace?p. 155
Going to churchp. 166
Iconsp. 178
Tradition and scripturep. 193
Prayerp. 206
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