Spirit of Eastern Christendom, 600-1700

ISBN-10: 0226653730

ISBN-13: 9780226653730

Edition: 1997 (Reprint)

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Description: The line that separated Eastern Christendom from Western on the medieval map is similar to the "iron curtain" of recent times. Linguistic barriers, political divisions, and liturgical differences combined to isolate the two cultures from each other. Except for such episodes as the schism between East and West or the Crusades, the development of non-Western Christendom has been largely ignored by church historians. In The Spirit of Eastern Christendom, Jaroslav Pelikan explains the divisions between Eastern and Western Christendom, and identifies and describes the development of the distinctive forms taken by Christian doctrine in its Greek, Syriac, and early Slavic expression. "It is a pleasure to salute this masterpiece of exposition. . . . The book flows like a great river, slipping easily past landscapes of the utmost diversity--the great Christological controversies of the seventh century, the debate on icons in the eighth and ninth, attitudes to Jews, to Muslims, to the dualistic heresies of the high Middle Ages, to the post-Reformation churches of Western Europe. . . . His book succeeds in being a study of the Eastern Christian religion as a whole."--Peter Brown and Sabine MacCormack, New York Review of Books "The second volume of Professor Pelikan's monumental work on The Christian Tradition is the most comprehensive historical treatment of Eastern Christian thought from 600 to 1700, written in recent years. . . . Pelikan's reinterpretation is a major scholarly and ecumenical event."--John Meyendorff "Displays the same mastery of ancient and modern theological literature, the same penetrating analytical clarity and balanced presentation of conflicting contentions, that made its predecessor such an intellectual treat."--Virgina Quarterly Review

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/15/1977
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 358
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Leon Horsten is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bristol, UK.

Preface Primary Sources Ex Oriente Lux
The Authority of the Fathers
The Changeless Truth of Salvation
The Norms of Traditional Doctrine The Councils and Their Achievements Knowing the Unknowable
Union and Division in Christ Duality of Hypostases One Incarnate Nature of God the Logos Actions and Wills in Unison Christ the Universal Man
Images of the Invisible Images Graven and Ungraven Images as Idols Images as Icons
The Melody of Theology
The Challenge of the Latin Church
The Orthodoxy of Old Rome
The Foundation of Apostolic Polity
The Theological Origins of the Schism
The Filioque
The Vindication of Trinitarian Monotheism Trinity and Shema Evil and the God of Love
The One God—And His Prophet
The God of the Philosophers
The Last Flowering of Byzantine Orthodoxy
The Mystic as New Theologian
The Final Break with Western Doctrine
The Definition of Eastern Particularity
The Heir Apparent
Selected Secondary Works
Index: Biblical
Index: General
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