Light from the Christian East: An Introduction to the Orthodox Tradition

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InterVarsity Press, Jul 26, 2007 - Religion - 240 pages
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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.

  • Students and professors of church history
  • Readers of church history
  • Orthodox readers


"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

Features and Benefits
  • Offers an introduction and description of Eastern Orthodox history, doctrine and practice
  • Dispels common misunderstandings about Eastern Orthodoxy

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User Review  - Rev. Dr. Emanuel S. Chris- M.d.- M.div. -

This book lives up to its title of shining the Light of Orthodox Christianity, particularly to those who are unaware of or unfamiliar with the Orthodox tradition, its legacy, and mysticism. Read full review


Going to Church
Tradition and Scripture
Name Index
Acknowledgments 9
Going to Church 166
Icons 178
Tradition and Scripture 193
Prayer 206
Epilogue 216
Name Index 225
Scripture Index 237

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About the author (2007)

James R. Payton, Jr. is a professor of history at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario.

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