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Introduction Who are the OrthodoxThinking and doing, being and praying Where do we startWho is God The doctrine of the Holy Trinity apophatic theologyCreation Wisdom of God Sophia Angels and humankindWhat went wrong Sin and deathWho is Christ The life of Christ the Paschal mystery ChristologyWhat is it to be human Being in the image of GodIcons and Sacraments the place of matter in the divine economyTime and the LiturgyWhere are we going

7 thoughts on “Introducing Eastern Orthodox Theology

  1. Mr B Mr B says:

    I had read Louth s The origins of the Christian mystical tradition with a great deal of enjoyment and edification the former was due to quality of writing, and the latter to the level of erudition presented by a patristic authority, without any fanfares, or sounds of trumpets The same kind of quiet assurance permeates this book He begins by defining terms, and points out that Eastern has nothing to do with the orient, but rather refers to areas east of Rome, who have developed their own orthodoxies for historical reasons, and are yet united within a particular form of Christianity I remember visiting the beautiful Greek Orthodox cathedral in Kilburn for a wedding, contrasting it with the austerity of the Russsian Orthodox church, in Kensington The paradox is that I could feel at home in both, whereas given the pomp and Gloria in St Paul s in London, I felt at home in the austerity of Southwark Cathedral or the magnificent Durham This has enabled it to meet the contingencies of time and place be they in Poland, or Greece, or Russia, etc by a theology which is apothatic, which is not about some kind of higher way with concepts, some ultimate refinement of human conceptual theology kataphatic theology being deployed as we handle our concepts of God like the tacking a pilot uses in sailing a boat It reminded of the guidance given by St Columbo and Columbanus , to the pre Romanised monks who set out in their little coracles from the coasts of Ireland a profound faith in the Mystery Chapter 3 looks at the doctrine of creation, and simply describes the resolution of the antimony between the belief that everything created was created out of nothing by Divine Fiat, which actually seems to be in conflict with Genesis 1 which posits, darkness, the void, and the deep The Platonic distinction between the Unchanging and the Changing, became first the distinction between the Uncreated and the Created, and then, between the Unknowable and the Knowable Quite where that leaves the statement in Ecclesiasticus 1 4, is beyond our brief Different sections will invite further questions from different readers, but this is only an introduction and the bibliography at the end is full enough to suggest a next step To provide a detailed overview of each of the subsequent chapters would make this review very long, because so much ground is covered with both care and concision The remaining chapters cover not only what is in common between the East and the West, but also what is not in common, for each have their own riches I think Andrew Louth has done a really good job, for the benefit of both eastern and western readers, and anyone who sees themselves in a different camp.

  2. Spidir Spidir says:

    Very readable introduction to Eastern Orthodox spirituality I have read many books on the Orthodox church and would rate this very highly

  3. Sue Sue says:

    Excellent book, lived up to my expectations.

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  5. Miss Joanne Bedford Miss Joanne Bedford says:

    Great book

  6. Mr. P. G. Mccarthy Mr. P. G. Mccarthy says:

    Well, I ve really enjoyed reading Andrew Louth s little introduction Louth is clearly quite passionate about his tradition and provides a very engaging and quite personal account What struck me quite strongly coming from an Anglican perspective , is just how surprising alien some aspects of the tradition appear to be, especially Christian materialism and the use of ikons the use of these is justified by arguments to do with the Incarnation The use of Scripture differs quite strongly too.It is hard not to make comparisons I would have thought Anglicanism enlightened , but Louth is a little critical of the Western tradition don t be too upset by that, he is bold and loves his tradition and why not You get a sense that this is a tradition that makes full use of ancient written sources in a way that the western churches certainly do not The liturgy is also fully developed, and therefore not vague You also get a sense that this is a tradition that one can t be half hearted about one can be a casual Anglican, but the same wouldn t apply here.It is my guess that in the western traditions, the impact of Augustine is strongly felt, and there is therefore salvation anxiety perhaps not helped by Calvin but the Orthodox church seems to have escaped this it is less individualistic.But we Anglicans are keen to see our towns won for Jesus we don t yet feel convinced that the use of ikons will have much of a role in this.

  7. charlie charlie says:

    Very good introduction to Orthodox Theology