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Title:
An introduction to the Christian Orthodox churches
Author:
Binns, John, 1951-
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xii, 270 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction: identifying Orthodoxy -- Description: a map of Orthodoxy -- Liturgy: where heaven and earth meet -- Doctrine: believing in the Orthodox Churches -- Icons: revelation in image -- Monasticism: shaping of saints -- Popular piety: people, places, pilgrimage -- Mission: incarnation as proclamation -- Church and state: the dream of God's kingdom on earth -- East and West: the division of Christendom -- Prospect: a cautious reforming.
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ISBN:
9780521661409

9780521667388
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Book

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Summary

Summary

This introduction describes the life of the Orthodox Churches of the Christian East from the accession of the Emperor Constantine in 312 up to the year 2000. It discusses the distinctive Orthodox approaches to the themes of liturgy, theology, monastic life and spirituality, iconography, popular religion, mission, politics and the schism between East and West. The final chapter examines the response of the Churches to the new freedom following the collapse of communism and the prospects for the future.


Author Notes

John Binns is Vicar at Great St Mary's, The University Church, Cambridge. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius, and a Director of the Institute of Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge. Dr Binns is the author of Ascetics and Ambassadors of Christ (1994), and joint editor of Cyril of Scythopolis: Lives of the Monks of Palestine (1992) and Great St Mary's: Cambridge's University Church (2000).


Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. vi
List of mapsp. vi
Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. x
1. Introduction: identifying Orthodoxyp. 1
2. Description: a map of Orthodoxyp. 9
3. Liturgy: where heaven and earth meetp. 39
4. Doctrine: believing in the Orthodox Churchesp. 61
5. Icons: revelation in imagep. 97
6. Monasticism: shaping of saintsp. 107
7. Popular piety: people, places, pilgrimagep. 135
8. Mission: incarnation as proclamationp. 143
9. Church and state: the dream of God's kingdom on earthp. 161
10. East and West: the division of Christendomp. 201
11. Prospect: a cautious reformingp. 233
Table of datesp. 251
Bibliographyp. 253
Indexp. 263