The Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity by Timothy Ware

By Timothy Ware

The readable, deeply authoritative and bestselling e-book at the Orthodox Church, in an absolutely up to date and revised 3rd Edition.

'Orthodoxy claims to be common . . .'
     because its first e-book fifty years in the past, Timothy Ware's booklet has turn into verified through the English-speaking global because the average advent to the Orthodox Church. Orthodoxy is still a topic of large curiosity between western Christians, and the writer believes that an knowing of its perspective is critical ahead of the Roman Catholic and Protestant church buildings will be reunited. during this revised and up to date version he explains the Orthodox perspectives on such largely ranging issues as Ecumenical Councils, Sacraments, loose Will, Purgatory, the Papacy and the relation among the various Orthodox church buildings.

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In the New Rome things were to be different: after the solemn inauguration of the city in 330, he laid down that at Constantinople no pagan rites should ever be performed. Constantine's new capital has exercised a decisive influence upon the development of Orthodox history. Secondly, Constantine summoned the first General or Ecumenical Council of the Christian Church at Nicaea in 325. If the Roman Empire was to be a Christian Empire, then Constantine wished to see it firmly based upon the one Orthodox faith.

1 Because icons are only symbols, Orthodox do not worship them, but reverence or venerate them. John of Damascus carefully distinguished between the relative honour of veneration shown to material symbols, and the worship due to God alone. (2) Icons as part of the Church's teaching. Icons, said Leontius, are ‘opened books to remind us of God’; 2 they are one of the means which the Church employs in order to teach the faith. He who lacks learning or leisure to study works of theology has only to enter a church to see unfolded before him on the walls all the mysteries of the Christian religion.

An old priest celebrated the service, which I shall never forget. ‘Christ is risen' we sang softly, but full of joy… The joy that I felt in this service of the Catacomb Church gives me strength to live, even today. These are two accounts1 of Church life in Russia shortly before the Second World War. But if a few alterations were made, they could easily be taken for descriptions of Christian worship under Nero or Diocletian. They illustrate the way in which during the course of nineteen centuries Christian history has travelled through a full circle.

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