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Orthodox Christians in America: A Short History (Religion in American Life) [Paperback]

By John H. Erickson (Author)
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Although there are over 200 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, 4 million of whom live in the United States, their history, beliefs, and practices are unfamiliar to most Americans. This book outlines the evolution of Orthodox Christian dogma, which emerged for the first time in 33 A.D., before shifting its focus to American Orthodoxy--a tradition that traces its origins back to the first Greek and Russian immigrants in the 1700s. The narrative follows the momentous events and notable individuals in the history of the Orthodox dioceses in the U.S., including Archbishop Iakovos' march for civil rights alongside Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Orthodox missionaries' active opposition to the mistreatment of native Inuit in Alaska, the quest for Orthodox unity in America, the massive influx of converts since the 1960s, and the often strained relationship between American Orthodox groups and the mother churches on the other side of the Atlantic. Erickson explains the huge impact Orthodox Christianity has had on the history of immigration, and how the religion has changed as a result of the American experience. Lively, engaging, and thoroughly researched, the book unveils an insightful portrait of an ancient faith in a new world.

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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.26" Width: 5.61" Height: 0.43"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 21, 2007
Publisher   Oxford University Press
ISBN  019533308X  
ISBN13  9780195333084  

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The Very Reverend John H. Erickson is Peter N. Gramowich Professor of Church History at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary.

John H. Erickson has an academic affiliation as follows - St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary.

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A seed planted in fresh soil of North America  Jul 31, 2009
This book provides readers with many reasons to praise indigenous and immigrant Orthodox believers for planting the seed of ancient Faith in North America. Despite hardships of their geographic environments and strained relations with Mother Churches at times, Orthodox Churches took root. The author, Fr. John H. Erickson, is an historian on the faculty of St. Vladimir's Seminary near New York City.

With index and appendices, the monograph is brief at 136 pages; now in paperback with publication date of 2008, the book appeared in the year 2000 as hardback. Scholarship and method are sound, but the tone is not academic. Therefore, readers from many educational levels and a wide array of interests will appreciate the fact that there are no footnotes and excessive parenthetical flourishes.

Five chapters cover the following thematic groups: "An Ancient Faith in the New World;" "Entrepreneurs and Missionaries;" "A Church of Immigrants;" "The Ethnic Churches;" and "The Quest for Unity." A critical reflection on more recent events concerning Orthodox unity in North America appears as an addendum to the fifth chapter. Appendix A, "The Orthodox Churches at a Glance," has been fact-checked for updates since the year 2000 publication of the book, and provides reasonable accuracy to jurisdictional membership in both Chalcedean and non-Chalcedean Orthodox Churches worldwide, without breakdowns to North American data.

Additional appendices include a glossary of 20 common terms such as icon and the prefix "arch." Also, a chronology of Orthodoxy abbreviates events between the First Ecumenical Council and the fall of Constantinople in 1453, followed by a detailed time-line of events in North American Orthodoxy. In the subsequent Appendix, "Further Reading," the author identifies seminal texts to serve readers well for reliable information about general and specific topics raised by this book. A comprehensive index of subjects and names concludes the text.

I recommend the book for adult education classes in parishes, entry-level religion and theology classes, and reference for hierarchs and lay leaders among Orthodox Christians who build Orthodox unity.

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