THE HISTORICAL ROAD OF EASTERN ORTHODOXY by Alexander Scimemann

THE HISTORICAL ROAD OF EASTERN ORTHODOXY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A recrudescence of interest in the Orthodox Church is a significant aspect of the ecumenical tendencies of our day. Father Schmemann responds to this interest by providing an instructive summary of the history of Orthodoxy, beginning, rightly, with the Apostolic Church, and proceeding through the patristic, Byzantine, and later centuries down to the present situation of the Russian Church under Communism. Although he draws out the strands of thought and experience which later are to appear as important characteristics of Orthodoxy, such as the sense of the Holy Spirit, the hunger for sanctity, the hierarchy exercising a ""rule of love"" rather than the ""rule of authority"", which he sees as a grave misfortune for the Roman Church, yet his account of the centuries which all branches of the church have in common is clear, informed, and sympathetically unbiased. The result is a book widely useful to all who wish to understand that part of the divided church which is still the Church to millions of Christians.

Pub Date: Sept. 25th, 1963
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston