The Orthodox Way
St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1995 - Religion - 164 pages
This book is a general account of the doctrine, worship and life of Orthodox Christians. It raises the basic issues of theology: God as hidden yet revealed; the problem of evil; the nature of salvation; the meaning of faith; prayer; death and what lies beyond. Throughout the book, Bishop Kallistos Ware shows the meaning of Orthodox doctrine for the life of the individual Christian. Doctrinal issues are seen not as abstract propositions for theological debate but as affecting the whole of life. --From publisher's description.
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Review: The Orthodox WayUser Review - Fr. M. Blake Greenlee - Christianbook.com
For those wishing to study Orthodox Christianity, this is the place to start. Bishop Ware writes extremely clearly, his understanding of the faith of the Apostles comes through clearly. He guides the reader through the basic tenets of the faith. I heartily recommend this book! Read full review
TITLE: "... should be called "The Christian Way" ... It's that Good" April 21, 2006
While I am an Evangelical Protestant, I have enjoyed this book tremendously. Often, when reading various passages, I felt that this book should be re-named "The Christian Way" because of the orthodox truths presented. REMEMBER: "orthodox" is an adjective "Orthodox" is an important branch of Christianity (and one of the most ancient one).
While this book is not a systematic theology of the Orthodox Christian Faith, it does expound on a lot of the beliefs held in common by all Christians and by orthodox Christianity. The author discusses various ways of looking at God or understanding God:
1. God as Mystery
2. God as Trinity
3. God as Creator
4. God as Man
5. God as Spirit
6. God as Prayer
Epilogue: God as Eternity
Each chapter has descriptive sub-chapter titles, plenty of references, and ends with a compilation of sayings and words of wisdom. A complete and extensive bibliography, list of authors, and subjects reflect the depth of Bishop Kallistos Ware's writing.
For those of you who may be intimidated by the word "Orthodox" in the title, I would mention that the style of Kallistos Ware is non-polemical, but rather padagogical and inspirational. A great companion to this book would be the "Orthodox Church" by Timothy Ware (name before becoming bishop) or Daniel B. Clendenin two books on Eastern Orthodoxy.
Signposts on the Way
God as Trinity
God as Creator
God as Man
God as Spirit
God as Prayer
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