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The Orthodox Church: Second Edition [Paperback]

By Timothy Ware (Author), Kallistos Ware (Author) & Kallistos (Author)
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Recounts the history of Orthodox Christianity, and discusses Orthodox beliefs, practices, and forms of worship

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Offers an introduction to the Orthodox Church. This book explains the Orthodox views on such widely ranging matters as ecumenical councils, sacraments, free will, purgatory, the papacy and the relation between the different Orthodox churches.

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Studio: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Pages   368
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2000
Publisher   Penguin (Non-Classics)
Age  18
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  0140146563  
ISBN13  9780140146561  
UPC  051488016007  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! TIMOTHY WARE, His Excellency the Most Reverend Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia, was Spalding Lecturer of Eastern Orthodox Studies at Oxford University until his retirement in 2001.

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Orthodox Church History  May 18, 2008
I think Timothy Ware (Bishop Kallistos) presents a good concise history of Eastern Orthodoxy, as well as a balanced view of the "The Great Schism." Timothy's sentiments go beyond a mere intellectual appeal for Christian unity and suggest that we have both, East and West, been "greviously impoverished" by our separation. As he states (p.61),"The Greek east and the Latin west still need one another. For both parties the great schism has proved to be a great tragedy."
A Must read for anyone willing to find the true Christianity  May 3, 2008
A Must read for anyone willing to find the true Christianity. Reveals and explains the Orthodox Church the true and holy one settled by Christ and continued by the apostles and having no modern changes of faith or trends. The same true and holy faith as in the first centuries worshiped by the apostles.
Excellent study of the Orthodox Church  Apr 28, 2008
I think this is an excellent book for those like me who want to know more about the Orthodox Church. I became orthodox myself some time ago but always wanted to undestand many things of the history of our Church so I think this is THE book.
I specially recomend it to those who consider the Orthodox Church a great mistery, something distant and very different of the western Church. You'll find out that exist a lot of differences between both churches but you will also realize there is so much in common.
If you are considering a book to learn more about the Orthodox Church, this your book.
The Orthodox Church made easy  Feb 8, 2008
Metropolitan Kallistos Ware's The Orthodox Church is a thorough explanation on the often complicated subject of the Eastern Orthodox faith. This edition makes the Orthodox Church a relatively simple read and understandable both to Orthodox Christians and non Orthodox alike.
Disorganized Introduction Level  Jan 23, 2008
Many seek spiritual authority, a romantic version of the roots of the Early Church, spurred by a lack of center in the plethora of faith choices today. Frequently, we spiritually cherry-pick, and idealize the exotic, the other, be it the Eastern Church, or any unfamiliar form of faith. Despite these great reviews, I found Ware's book poorly organized, consisting of too many opinions and not enough substance, but it works as an introduction. Timothy Ware declares the "Latin" Roman Catholic Church just another form of Protestantism. Many idealize the Eastern Church, yet, the Greek Orthodox choral Orthos contains shockingly anti-Jewish language. One should not have to be Catholic, Jewish, Greek Orthodox, or Protestant to become informed of the wrongs of human history, and each group's particular suffering. It would be a grace from God if all Christianity became more objective and honest about its history, thus allowing for real growth and real faith. Yet I remain curious about Greek Orthodox theology, and have been enjoying "The Art of Prayer: An Orthodox Anthology," edited by Timothy Ware.

Anglicans and Episcopalians, with the fracturing of their Church, frequently turn to the Eastern Orthodox to sustain their claims for Apostolic succession. It has become fashionable to emulate the Orthodox in the Episcopalian and Roman Catholic Churches, without questioning antisemitism (Anglicans have investigated divestiture in Israel, so that should be no surprise). Many would be surprised that the Eastern Orthodox view them as "new" churches, lacking authority. The Church in Greece is notorious for endorsing anti-Jewish hatred. Oppression of the Eastern Church by the Crusades has been the least of the Roman Catholic Church's sins, but keep in mind that the Crusades were far more deadly against Jews and Muslims than the Orthodox; thus arguments degenerate into playing who is the Real Victim. For centuries, churches oppressed and enslaved Gypsies, or Roma. All Christianity, all faiths, have bloody hands, faith has more often been used as a weapon than not. The point is for humans to rise above ourselves.

I suggest James Carroll's superb "Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews," readily available via this site, which describes two thousand years of worldwide Christian antisemitism, culminating in the horror of the Holocaust. Completely counter to the real Christian message, exclusion, racism, hate, and nationalism resulted in pogroms. Christianity, as well as Islamic "Conversion by the Sword," has been misused by those who transform truths into a bludgeon of forced conversion. We don't have to go far back to discover enormous fallibility on the part of both the Eastern or Western Churches. A venerated Eastern Church Father, Saint John of Chrysostom, wrote terrible things about Jews. Even Timothy Ware points out that there is an active neo-Nazi element in the Russian Orthodox Church today, the same Church responsible for pogroms and persecutions of Jews and Gypsies. It's also important to note that the Pope and his Church buried their collective heads in the sand with the sex abuse cases. Justice belongs to God, not just forgiveness; anything less by the Church regarding its conduct in this matter is the very moral relativism that the Pope bewails.

Humans have always misused faith. Christianity is ideally supposed to be bigger than locality or nations. One of the most profound truths of Christianity should be the truth in the Eastern and Western Churches, opening the Old Covenant to the New, national locality to the cosmic family: Paul's writings in the 1:13 Corinthians, "for in one Spirit we were all brought into one body by baptism, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free; we were all given that one Spirit to drink." Or Galatians 3:28, "There is no such thing as Jew or Greek, slave and freeman, male and female; for you are all one person in Jesus Christ." Tragically, humanity has fallen far from this truth.

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