Orthodox Christianity

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Oxford University Press, 2019 - Religion - 144 pages
To many in the West, Orthodoxy remains shrouded in mystery, an exotic and foreign religion that survived in the East following the Great Schism of 1054 that split the Christian world into two camps--Catholic and Orthodox. However, as the second largest Christian denomination, Orthodox Christianity is anything but foreign to the nearly 300 million worshippers who practice it. For them, Orthodoxy is a living, breathing reality; a way of being Christian ultimately rooted in the person of Jesus and the experience of the early Church. Whether they are Greek, Russian, or American, Orthodox Christians are united by a common tradition and faith that binds them together despite differences in culture. True, the road has not always been smooth -- Orthodox history is littered with tales of schisms and divisions, of persecutions and martyrdom, from the Sack of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire and seat of the Ecumenical Patriarch, to the experience of the Russian Orthodox Church under the Soviet Union. Still, today Orthodoxy remains a vibrant part of the religious landscape, not only in those lands where it has made its historic home (Greece, Russia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe), but also increasingly in the West. Orthodox Christianity: A Very Short Introduction explores the enduring role of this religion, and the history, beliefs, and practices that have shaped it.

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Contents

Introduction
1
In the beginning
5
Byzantines and Franks
17
Constantinople and Moscow
26
Persecution and resurrection
33
Sources of Orthodox thought
42
I believe
49
Pray unceasingly
59
We no longer knew whether we were in heaven or on earth
80
The mysteries
91
Orthodoxy and the modern world
99
GLOSSARY
107
References
113
Further reading
117
Index
123
Copyright

One holy catholic and apostolic Church
69

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A. Edward Siecienski attended Georgetown University before earning his M. Div/STL from St. Mary's Seminary and University and his PhD from Fordham University. He is Associate Professor of Religion and Clement and Helen Pappas Professor of Byzantine Culture and Religion at Stockton University and the author of The Papacy and the Orthodox: Sources and History of a Debate and The Filioque: History of a Doctrinal Controversy.

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