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The Cambridge Companion to Orthodox Christian Theology

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Mary Cunningham, Elizabeth Theokritoff, Theodore G. Stylianopoulos, Archimandrite Ephrem Lash, Boris Bobrinskoy, Peter Bouteneff, Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev, Matthew Steenberg, Mariamna Fortounatto, Nonna Verna Harrison, John Chryssavgis, Augustine Casiday, Andrew Louth, Michael Plekon, Athanasios N. Papathanasiou, Aristotle Papanikolaou, Nicolas Abou Mrad, Leonid Kishkovsky, John Jillions
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  • Date Published: December 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521864848

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  • Orthodox Christian theology is often presented as the direct inheritor of the doctrine and tradition of the early Church. But continuity with the past is only part of the truth; it would be false to conclude that the eastern section of the Christian Church is in any way static. Orthodoxy, building on its patristic foundations, has blossomed in the modern period. This volume focuses on the way Orthodox theological tradition is understood and lived today. It explores the Orthodox understanding of what theology is: an expression of the Church's life of prayer, both corporate and personal, from which it can never be separated. Besides discussing aspects of doctrine, the book portrays the main figures, themes and developments that have shaped Orthodox thought. There is particular focus on the Russian and Greek traditions, as well as the dynamic but less well-known Antiochian tradition and the Orthodox presence in the West.

    • All contributors are Orthodox from various traditions and countries giving a sense of both the diversity and the coherence of the Church
    • Includes chapters on the contemporary theological scene in Greece, Russia and Antioch – introducing traditions little known to the English-speaking public
    • The chapter on Arab Christian tradition presents a perspective on Christian-Muslim relations new to most Christians in the West
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This is a remarkable book - as remarkable for the wide scope of its articles as for their quality.' The Messenger

    'This book can be read in many ways - as a summary of themes and movements, as a history of theological development, as a devotional meditation, and also as a piece of creative theological thinking in its own right.' Journal of Theological Studies

    '… an impressive collection of essays in the long tradition of the Cambridge Companions to Religion. Well worth adding to any library which has collections in this field and, especially the paperback edition, easily accessible for the bookshelves of individual scholars.' Reference Reviews

    'This book is truly what it sets out to be: a very useful 'companion' to Orthodox studies … It is refreshing and uncommon to see a useful and important resource on Orthodox Christian theology edited by two Western Orthodox women scholars; Cambridge University Press should be congratulated for entrusting the task to their competent hands.' Theology

    'This book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in the contemporary situation of Orthodox life and theology today.' The Expository Times

    ' … this is an accessible and attractive collection, from which much can be learned.' The Journal of Church History

    '… prefaced by a concise … extremely helpful historical introduction to Orthodoxy and its communities, including those in the West, written by the editors … This book is truly what it sets out to be: a very useful 'companion' to Orthodox studies.' Theology

    '… a collection of very well written essays, which all say something important about their respective topic … a recommended volume.' Sobornost

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    • Date Published: December 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521864848
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Doctrine and Tradition:
    1. Who are the Orthodox Christians? A historical introduction Mary Cunningham and Elizabeth Theokritoff
    2. Scripture and tradition in the Church Theodore G. Stylianopoulos
    3. Biblical interpretation in worship Archimandrite Ephrem Lash
    4. God in Trinity Boris Bobrinskoy
    5. Creator and creation Elizabeth Theokritoff
    6. Christ and salvation Peter Bouteneff
    7. Eschatology Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev
    8. The Church Matthew Steenberg
    9. Theology of the icon Mariamna Fortounatto and Mary Cunningham
    10. The human person as image and likeness of God Nonna Verna Harrison
    11. The spiritual way John Chryssavgis
    Part II. Contemporary Orthodox Theology: Its Formation and Character:
    12. Church Fathers and the shaping of orthodox theology Augustine Casiday
    13. The patristic revival and its protagonists Andrew Louth
    14. The Russian religious revival and its theological legacy Michael Plekon
    15. Some key themes and figures in Greek theological thought Athanasios N. Papathanasiou
    16. Personhood and its exponents in twentieth-century orthodox theology Aristotle Papanikolaou
    17. The witness of the church in a pluralistic world: theological renaissance in the Church of Antioch Nicolas Abou Mrad
    18. Russian theology after totalitarianism Leonid Kishkovsky
    19. Orthodox Christianity in the West: the ecumenical challenge John Jillions.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Contemporary Issues in Theology
    • Eastern Christian Studies
    • Eastern Christianity
    • Eastern Theological Tradition
    • George Kalantzis
    • Philosophy of Western Religion
    • World Religions
  • Editor

    Mary B. Cunningham, University of Nottingham
    Mary Cunningham is a Lecturer in Theology at the University of Nottingham. Her publications include Faith in the Byzantine World (2002).

    Author

    Elizabeth Theokritoff, Independent Scholar
    Elizabeth Theokritoff is an independent scholar and translator, with particular interests in liturgical theology and theology of creation. She has lectured and led workshops widely and published numerous articles.

    Contributors

    Mary Cunningham, Elizabeth Theokritoff, Theodore G. Stylianopoulos, Archimandrite Ephrem Lash, Boris Bobrinskoy, Peter Bouteneff, Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev, Matthew Steenberg, Mariamna Fortounatto, Nonna Verna Harrison, John Chryssavgis, Augustine Casiday, Andrew Louth, Michael Plekon, Athanasios N. Papathanasiou, Aristotle Papanikolaou, Nicolas Abou Mrad, Leonid Kishkovsky, John Jillions

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