Orthodoxy rarely gets positive press in the West-and it's not hard to see why. Themes of victory and theosis (divinization) take the place of Western theological strongholds like justification. Beliefs crystallize into images rather than ideas, into stories rather than statements. The incomprehensibility of God causes Easterners to celebrate while Westerners grow anxious.
This issue of Christian History & Biography includes both Orthodox and Protestant authors who lend perspective on the Schism, the key similarities and differences between Rome and Constantinople, and the many ways in which the West can learn from the East.
For centuries, Christians East and West lived as strangers to one another.
Inside this issue you'll find:
The Great Divorce of East and West - For centuries Chri stians East and West lived as strangers to one another. Then Catholics violated the Orthodox.
- Also: East Criticizes Roman Pope
- Also: Two Attempts to Reunite
- Killing Each Other Over Icons - Why the Orthodox killed one another over icons.
- The Spirit-Bearers - If you know a little about Eastern monasticism, you know a great deal about Eastern Orthodoxy.
- What the Orthodox Believe - Four key differences between the Orthodox and Protestants.
- On the Deep Mysteries of Faith - An Excercise in Wonder.
- The 7 Ecumenical Councils - The Orthodox believe Jesus' voice can still be heard in the seven ecumenical councils.
- A Taste of Glory: Orthodox Worship - For the Orthodox, worship is heaven on earth.
- "We Do Not Wish To Blur The Faith" - The spiritual head of Orthodoxy speaks frank words to Protestants.
- An Interview with Bartholomew I
- An Evangelical Appraisal - The strength of Orthodoxy, it turns out, is also its greatest temptation.
- An Interview with Harold O.J. Brown
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