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The Orthodox Church
FitzGerald, Thomas E., 1947-
Student edition.
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 1998.
Physical Description:
xiii, 165 pages ; 24 cm
Reading Level:
1480 Lexile.
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This introduction to the Orthodox Church in the United States from 1794 includes a description of the history of Orthodoxy and its perspectives on the Christian faith. It examines the contact between the Orthodox Church and other Christian Churches and includes biographies of Orthodox leaders.

Author Notes

tzGerald /f Thomas /i E./b THOMAS E. FITZGERALD is Executive Director of the Program Unit on Unity and Renewal at the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland. He is also Professor of Religious Studies and History at Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology./e He has been a Visiting Professor at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary and the Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches in Geneva. He has published in the areas of Orthodox studies, church history, and ecumenical relations.

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Fitzgerald (Hellenic College/Holy Cross Orthodox School of Theology) maintains the high standards of previous contributors to this series. Faced with a vast amount of material, in part resulting from the many and varied historical traditions of Eastern Orthodoxy in North America, Fitzgerald is able to impart clearly and eloquently the central messages of such communities. Although history would seem to argue strongly for a future of continuing separateness and even rivalry on the part of the Orthodox churches in North America, he demonstrates that closer interaction among them is a growing trend. The first part of the book is devoted to a fascinating account of the foundations and growth of the Orthodox communities in North America, while the second consists of a helpful biographical dictionary of past and present Orthodox leaders. Three brief appendixes follow (chronological timeline; autocephalous and autonomous Orthodox churches; standing conference of canonical Orthodox bishops in America). Finally, the author provides an excellent bibliographic essay on both Orthodoxy in general and Orthodoxy in North America. A fine study, to be consulted by general readers, undergraduate and graduate students, and specialists. C. L. Hanson; Muskingum College

Table of Contents

The Orthodox Church
A History
The Orthodox Church
An Introduction
The Alaskan Mission
Early Parish Development
Early Diocesan Developments
Proposals for Jurisdictional Cooperation
The Challenge of the Old World
The Challenge of the New World Toward Greater Unity and Witness
An Era of Transitions Heritage and Vision
A Biographical Dictionary of Orthodox Leaders Abbreviations Used in This Volume
Appendix I Chronology
Appendix II The Autocephalous and Autonomous Orthodox Churches
Appendix III The Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops
Bibliographic Essay