The Melody of Faith: Theology in an Orthodox Key

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Aug 3, 2010 - Religion - 158 pages
In the Orthodox Christian faith the elements of liturgy, scripture, hymnody, and iconography are the instruments or voices of a melody of faith. In The Melody of Faith Vigen Guroian introduces his readers to the fundamental beliefs of Orthodox Christianity using the metaphor of melody. / Often drawing on his personal religious experience for illumination, Guroian weaves together the themes of creation and new creation, beginning and end, sin and holiness, Incarnation and deification, sacrifice and salvation. By discussing several iconography traditions and illuminations from ancient gospels, he illustrates how Orthodox Christianity expresses theology in art as well as through language. / The Melody of Faith is a book that not only reflects the spirit of Orthodox Christianity but that also takes the reader to the theological heart of the Orthodox faith.
 

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Contents

The Litany of Creation
1
The Luminous Moment of the Apocalypse
25
Divine Therapy
43
Mother of God Mother of Holiness
65
The Victorious Cross
93
The Rhythm of the Resurrection
115
NOTES
137
SUBJECT INDEX
153
SCRIPTURE INDEX
156
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About the author (2010)

Vigen Guroian is professor of religious studies in Orthodox Christianity at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. His many other books include The Fragrance of God, Inheriting Paradise, and Tending the Heart of Virtue

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