The Orthodox Church

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998 - Religion - 184 pages

The first comprehensive introduction to the Orthodox Church in the United States from 1794 to the present, this text offers a succinct overview of the Church's distinctive history and its particular perspectives on the Christian faith. FitzGerald examines the relationship between the Orthodox Church and other Christian churches in the U.S., as well as the contributions the Orthodox Church has made to the ecumenical movement. This student edition, ideal for classes in American Religion, Denominational History, and American social and cultural history, includes a bibliographic essay intended as a guide for further investigation into aspects of Orthodox Christianity.


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2 The Alaskan Mission
3 Early Parish Developments
4 Early Diocesan Developments
5 Proposals for Jurisdictional Cooperation
6 The Challenge of the Old World
7 The Challenge of the New World
8 Toward Greater Unity and Witness
9 An Era of Transitions
10 Heritage and Vision
The Autocephalous and Autonomous Orthodox Churches
The Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in America
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Page x - FOREWORD The Praeger series of denominational studies follows a distinguished precedent. These current volumes improve on earlier works by including more churches than before and by looking at all of them in a wider cultural context. The prototype of this series appeared a century ago. Between 1 893 and 1 897, twentyfour scholars collaborated in publishing thirteen volumes known popularly as the American Church History Series. These scholars found twenty religious groups to be worthy of separate...
Page x - ... concrete ecclesiastical traditions. They avoid placing a single denomination above others in its distinctive truth claims, ethical norms, and liturgical patterns. Instead, they set the history of each church in the larger religious and social context that shaped the emergence of notable denomination features. In this way the authors in this series help us understand the interaction that has occurred between different churches and the broader aspects of American culture. Each of the historical...

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tzGerald /f Thomas /i E./b THOMAS E. FITZGERALD is Executive Director of the Program Unit on Unity and Renewal at the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland. He is also Professor of Religious Studies and History at Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology./e He has been a Visiting Professor at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary and the Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches in Geneva. He has published in the areas of Orthodox studies, church history, and ecumenical relations.

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