The Orthodox Church

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1995 - Religion - 240 pages
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The first comprehensive introduction to the Orthodox Church in the United States from 1794 to the present, this book includes a succinct picture of the distinctive history of Orthodoxy and its particular perspectives on the Christian faith. Attention is given to the contacts between the Orthodox Church and other Christian churches, as well as its contributions to the ecumenical movement. Over 80 biographies of major Orthodox leaders in America also are included along with an annotated bibliography of the writings of the major Orthodox theologians.

The book begins with a review of the historical characteristics and distinctive faith affirmations of Orthodoxy, which has a history that is quite different from Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. Subsequent chapters examine the historical development of the Orthodox Church in this country, with special attention being paid to the early mission in Alaska, the effects of immigration, the organizational developments of parishes and dioceses, the effects of old world politics, the movement toward greater unity, and the distinctive features of American Orthodoxy today. The material is fresh and inclusive, covering all major branches and treating them with an irenic spirit. The biographies are thoughtful and informative, and there is a tremendous amount of bibliographic and reference material. Scholars, practitioners in every faith, and laypersons will find this volume indispensable.

 

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Contents

THE ORTHODOX CHURCH AN INTRODUCTION
3
THE ALASKAN MISSION
13
EARLY PARISH DEVELOPMENTS
23
EARLY DIOCESAN DEVELOPMENTS
37
PROPOSALS FOR JURISDICTIONAL COOPERATION
53
THE CHALLENGE OF THE OLD WORLD
63
THE CHALLENGE OF THE NEW WORLD
75
TOWARD GREATER UNITY AND WITNESS
87
NOTES
131
A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF ORTHODOX LEADERS
147
ABBREVIATIONS USED IN THIS VOLUME
149
BIOGRAPHICAL ENTRIES
151
CHRONOLOGY
221
THE AUTOCEPHALOUS AND AUTONOMOUS ORTHODOX CHURCHES
225
THE STANDING CONFERENCE OF CANONICAL ORTHODOX BISHOPS IN AMERICA
227
BIBLIOGRAPHIC ESSAY
229

AN ERA OF TRANSITIONS
101
HERITAGE AND VISION
117

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THOMAS E. FITZGERALD is Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He has served as Executive Director of the Program on Unity and Renewal at the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland.

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