Orthodoxy and the West (12)
THE CHURCH, TRADITION, SCRIPTURE, TRUTH, AND CHRISTIAN LIFE: SOME HERESIES OF EVANGELICALISM AND AN ORTHODOX RESPONSE
This short treatise is an uncompromising and seemingly polemical response to many of the sectarian ideas of Protestant Evangelicalism, a phenomenon with its intellectual roots in the Reformation but its ethos in American folk religion. Evangelicalism takes many of its theological ideas - its novel ecclesiology, its notion of Scriptural primacy, and its emphasis on personal revelation - from the Reformation; many of its more unsavory elements - a disdain for tradition, an appalling ignorance of the Christian East, and a provincialism foreign to Christian universalism - however, are the products of rural American parochialism which characterizes the more militant Evangelical demands, it seems to me, the kind of treatment that this book provides - a treatment less polemical than blunt and honest. To break through the crust of religious and theological prejudice that often covers the fragile core of Protestant apologetics, one must employ heavy and sturdy tools. This book with great care treats the substance of Reformed thought with objectivity and charitably points out its wrong assumptions, its psychological biases and its historical myopia.
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There are, in the Orthodox Church, two ways of theology at which the divine truth might be approached. The first, essential theology, proceeds out of the spirit of the Church, from the very experience of the God-bearing Fathers, who in their theological writings and expressions, bring to full bloom the sweet-scented flower of their spiritual vision. And this flower is nourished by the very Vine of the Faith, rooted in the same vineyard where Saints, Martryrs, and Confessors have toiled for centuries untold and planted in the sure foundation of the Truth itself. Such theology is not the domain of the scholar, nor is it ultimately the concern of the intellect. It cannot be separated from the spiritual life itself.
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One of the most difficult tasks in this age of relativism a relativism that allows, for the most part, no deviations from its intolerant spirit of tolerance is to speak of things that are different and things that are true or unique. The modern spirit is largely one of believing that no one is right, that everything has a little truth, and that truth itself is a relative thing! This spirit tells us how much we have lost in terms of a true understanding of the intellectual spirit. Knowledge is the search for truth: for the unique, singular answer. The ancients sought truth, not as something relative, but as a thing unto itself. Traditional philosophy has been a quest for some universal criterion at least in its more memorable expressions. And Christianity is based on a single pillar which we call the Truth of truths, the ultimate singular criterion of life: Christ. This book takes us back to the quest for truth and tells us why we Orthodox believe that our Church is true to the Church established by the Apostles, why She has historical and spiritual primacy. It does so by pointing out differences and by the bold proclamation of Orthodoxy`s uniqueness. That this is done with scholarly objectivity, a spirit of love for that which differs from Orthodoxy, and with a sense of loyalty to Orthodoxy this is something that commends this book to Orthodox and non-Orthodox alike. It is a book which makes a difficult statement in difficult times in a superb way, with the authority of two outstanding and respected Orthodox scholars. Fr James Thornton
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For any dialogue between the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches to be fruitful, we must first understand our differences. Popes and Patriarchs covers some of the distinctives in theology and worldview that separate the churches of the East from those of the West, focusing primarily on the claims of papal supremacy.
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The questions raised in this collection of essays pertain to a wide range of subjects: history, theology, liturgy, canonical order, the ecumenical movement, and mission. One underlying question, from which they all stem and to which they all ultimately refer, gives them an inner unity and cohesion: What is the destiny of the Orthodox Church in this second half of the twentieth century, in a world and culture radically different from those that shaped the Orthodox mentality, thought-forms and life-styles of the past? Witty, provocative, Church, World, Mission is essential reading for all interested in the role of Orthodoxy in the world today.
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In this reliable, fair, and engaging survey, Daniel Clendenin introduces Protestants to Eastern Orthodox history and theology with the hope that the two groups will come to see their traditions as complementary and learn to approach one another with a “hermeneutic of love” that fosters “mutual respect, toleration, and even support”.
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This Festschrift honors the retirement of Bishop Kallistos Ware from thirty-five years of university teaching. It celebrates his joyful heart, which radiates a spirituality of one who has found his monastic "desert" among the "dreaming spires" of academia, and his "cell" in the university lecture room. The Festschrift comprises articles based on historical, theological, and spiritual themes — some of which are listed here:
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The union of the churches is one of the crucial isses of our time. Yet it is often forgotten that any discussion about it must begin with an understanding of what the Church itself is. Before one can talk of healing the schism, one must know what lies at its root. This book focuses on such central questions. It is a unique and unprecedented contribution to the understanding of the different developments of the two major sections of the Christian Church, the Catholic and the Orthodox.
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