The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine, Volume 2: The Spirit of Eastern Christendom (600-1700)

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University of Chicago Press, Jul 15, 1977 - Religion - 358 pages
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The line that separated Eastern Christendom from Western on the medieval map is similar to the "iron curtain" of recent times. Linguistic barriers, political divisions, and liturgical differences combined to isolate the two cultures from each other. Except for such episodes as the schism between East and West or the Crusades, the development of non-Western Christendom has been largely ignored by church historians. In The Spirit of Eastern Christendom, Jaroslav Pelikan explains the divisions between Eastern and Western Christendom, and identifies and describes the development of the distinctive forms taken by Christian doctrine in its Greek, Syriac, and early Slavic expression.

"It is a pleasure to salute this masterpiece of exposition. . . . The book flows like a great river, slipping easily past landscapes of the utmost diversity—the great Christological controversies of the seventh century, the debate on icons in the eighth and ninth, attitudes to Jews, to Muslims, to the dualistic heresies of the high Middle Ages, to the post-Reformation churches of Western Europe. . . . His book succeeds in being a study of the Eastern Christian religion as a whole."—Peter Brown and Sabine MacCormack, New York Review of Books

"The second volume of Professor Pelikan's monumental work on The Christian Tradition is the most comprehensive historical treatment of Eastern Christian thought from 600 to 1700, written in recent years. . . . Pelikan's reinterpretation is a major scholarly and ecumenical event."—John Meyendorff

"Displays the same mastery of ancient and modern theological literature, the same penetrating analytical clarity and balanced presentation of conflicting contentions, that made its predecessor such an intellectual treat."—Virgina Quarterly Review

  

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Review: The Christian Tradition 4: Reformation of Church & Dogma 1300-1700 (The Christian Tradition #4)

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This book is magisterial. Not for the casual reader, Pelikan traces the doctrinal splits as they developed through the Council of Trent and beyond. In typical Pelikan style, the book is impeccably ... Read full review

Review: The Christian Tradition 3: The Growth of Medieval Theology 600-1300 (The Christian Tradition #3)

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Pelikan continues his masterful account of the history of Christian doctrine in this, his third volume covering the medieval period leading up to the protagonists of the Reformation. Because this is a ... Read full review

Contents

THE AUTHORITY OF THE FATHERS
8
The Changeless Truth of Salvation
10
The Norms of Traditional Doctrine
16
The Councils and Their Achievements
22
Knowing the Unknowable
30
UNION AND DIVISION IN CHRIST
37
Duality of Hypostases
39
One Incarnate Nature of God the Logos
49
The Foundation of Apostolic Polity
157
The Theological Origins of the Schism
170
The Filioque
183
THE VINDICATION OF TRINITARIAN MONOTHEISM
199
Trinity and Shema
200
Evil and the God of Love
216
The One God And His Prophet
227
The God of the Philosophers
242

Actions and Wills in Unison
62
Christ the Universal Man
75
IMAGES OF THE INVISIBLE
91
Images Graven and Ungraven
93
Images as Idols
105
Images as Icons
117
The Melody of Theology
133
THE CHALLENGE OF THE LATIN CHURCH
146
The Orthodoxy of Old Rome
148
THE LAST FLOWERING OF BYZANTINE ORTHODOXY
252
The Mystic as New Theologian
254
The Final Break with Western Doctrine
270
The Definition of Eastern Particularity
280
The Heir Apparent
295
Secondary Works
299
Biblical
317
General
320
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Jaroslav Pelikan is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University.

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