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Orthodoxy: Evolving Tradition (Cistercian Studies) [Paperback]

By David N. Bell (Author)
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Orthodox Christianity-divided into two main groups: Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox-is now a world-wide phenomenon and one of the fastest growing Christian traditions in the United States. In this introduction to the tradition, the author presents "a reasonably wide-ranging account of modern Orthodox beliefs primarily for non-Orthodox readers," and by examining beliefs and attitudes common in the West, explores whether they can be accommodated to traditional Orthodox teachings. Includes an insert of icons in four-color!

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Orthodox Christianity 'divided into two main groups: Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox 'is now a world-wide phenomenon and one of the fastest growing Christian traditions in the United States. In this introduction to the tradition, the author presents a reasonably wide-ranging account of modern Orthodox beliefs primarily for non-Orthodox readers," and by examining beliefs and attitudes common in the West, explores whether they can be accommodated to traditional Orthodox teachings. Includes an insert of icons in four-color

"David N. Bell is Professor of Religious Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Well known among Cistercian scholars for his studies of the Augustinian theology of William of Saint Thierry and the library holdings of medieval abbeys, he has also translated monastic works from Latin, Greek, and Coptic.""

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Studio: Cistercian Publications
Pages   241
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2009
Publisher   Cistercian Publications
Edition  New  
Series  Cistercian Studies  
ISBN  0879072288  
ISBN13  9780879072285  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David N. Bell is University Research Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at The Memorial University of Newfoundland. A graduate of the Universities of Leeds and Oxford, he has written on diverse subjects from the desert monastic tradition to the libraries of medieval and seventeenth century abbeys, taught courses in Asian as well as European religious traditions, and has translated works from Coptic, Greek, and Latin.

David N. Bell was born in 1943.

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Heterodox View of Orthodoxy  Feb 28, 2010
This book is the Roman Catholic author's view of the Orthodox Church. First it should be noted that the title itself, or rather the subtitle, is erroneous and an oxymoron. While the Orthodox Church IS traditional, it does not evolve as does the Latin church. Roman Catholic convert and apologist, Scott Hahn, in his book "Rome Sweet Home" dismisses Orthodoxy as "stagnant in theology." What he calls stagnant the Orthodox call Apostolic Tradition. We do not have an evolving tradition that accepts strange new doctrines such as the filioque, indulgences, purgatory, immaculate conception, papal infallibility, etc. Father Theodore Pulcini, a former Roman Catholic, notes that the Latin church considers the Orthodox to be schismatic while the Orthodox "had the boldness to label the Roman church both schismatic and heretical!" (Orthodoxy and Catholicism-Conciliar Press 1995).
That being said the author, Bell, takes an almost condescending attitude toward Orthodoxy that seems to me like he treats it like a poor little sister church. He is also very generous toward the Oriental "Orthodox" churches and prefers the term non-Chalcedonian rather than monophysite in a modernist nod to political correctness. The author is a big proponent of the insidious heretical temptation of our day, ecumenism. My view, after that of St. Mark of Ephesus, St. Gregory Palamas & St. Photios the Great is mocked as "hysterical opposition" to the author's obviously more enlightened view.
All that being said, there is some useful information in the book if it is read with great discernment and doctrinal solidness. I definitely would NOT recommend it for catechumans, nominal Orthodox, or those highly ignorant of real Orthodoxy. Far better is Timothy Ware's "The Orthodox Church" especially when read with a review/corrective book from the Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies, the title of which escapes me at the moment.
A gem of a book!  Sep 2, 2009
Let me state first that I am an Orthodox Christian, and I would hazard a guess that the author is not. However, this is the clearest explanation of the nuts and bolts of Orthodox Christianity I have come across yet. Icons, orders of ministry, vestments, the forms of liturgical worship, history, etc. etc. etc. - all are presented in a clear and accessible way, with a good slice of humor thrown in. Previously I knew how we Orthodox worship, what we believe, and how we look today; now I have a better understanding of how we got to be what we are, and the meanings behind what we do. Orthodox Christians will benefit from reading David Bell's book, and non-Orthodox could not ask for a better introduction to Orthodox Christianity.

One word of warning - Mr. Bell will occasionally say some very "unorthodox" things (no pun intended). Just keep going - the skid is over with quickly, and you will soon be back on solid ground.

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