Light from the Christian East: An Introduction to the Orthodox Tradition
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.
"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
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Review: Light from the Christian East: An Introduction to the Orthodox TraditionUser Review - Lindsay Dee - Goodreads
This is an awesome introduction to Orthodox faith for a Western Catholic or Protestant. It includes many insights concerning what Western Christianity has to learn from its Eastern brothers and sisters. Read full review
Review: Light from the Christian East: An Introduction to the Orthodox TraditionUser Review - G Walker - Goodreads
Payton does a very good job at making the Eastern tradition accessible to the West. This is a great introduction to Orthodoxy... vastly better than Clendenin. A nice supplement to Letham. It may ... Read full review