Encountering the Mystery Understanding Orthodox Christianity Today

ISBN-10: 0385518137

ISBN-13: 9780385518130

Edition: 2008

Authors: Bartholomew Staff, BARTHOLOMEW, John Chryssavgis

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As Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I is the symbol of unity for the self-governing national and ethnic Orthodox Christian churches throughout the world. He is well known for his commitment to protecting the environment, and for opening communications with other Christians (especially the Roman Catholic Church) as well as with Muslims and other religious groups. Written with personal warmth and great erudition, ENCOUNTERING THE MYSTERY illuminates the rich culture and soul of Orthodox Christianity. Bartholomew I traces the roots of Orthodox Christianity to its founding 2000 years ago, explores its spirituality and doctrine, and explains its liturgy and art. More especially, in a unique and unprecedented way, he relates Orthodox Christianity to contemporary issues, such as freedom and human rights, social justice and globalization, as well as nationalism and war. With a recent rebirth of Orthodox Christian churches (particularly in the former Soviet Union and elsewhere in Central and Eastern Europe), there has been great interest in understanding this important branch of Christianity with its close ties to the traditions of the early Church. As "USA TODAY "recently reported, Orthodox Christian churches throughout the country are drawing converts attracted by the beauty of its liturgy and inspired by its enduring theology and teachings. But for the general seeker, whatever their background, ENCOUNTERING THE MYSTERY is a rich spiritual source that draws upon the wisdom of millennia.
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List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/18/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 9.00" wide x 6.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Biographical Note
Historical Perspectives: The Orthodox Church and the Ecumenical Patriarchate
Song And Space: Art, Architecture, and Liturgy
The Gift Of Theology: Basic Principles and Perspectives
Vocation Of Love: Monasticism as Choice and Calling
Spirituality And Sacraments: Prayer and the Spiritual Life
The Wonder Of Creation: Religion and Ecology
Faith And Freedom: Conscience and Human Rights
Transforming the World
Social Justice: Poverty and Globaiization
Religion and Society: Fundamentalism and Racism
War andPeace: Conflict and Dialogue
Epilogue: The Hope That Lies Within
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