The Orthodox Church has ratings and reviews. Pat said: This is one of the most honest history books I’ve ever read. Ware sugarcoats neither Eas. This book is a general account of the doctrine, worship and life of Orthodox Christians by the author of the now classic THE ORTHODOX CHURCH. It raises the. “Patmos and its Monastery,” Eastern Churches “A Conference on the Problems of the Orthodox.

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Claiming as it does to be the one true Church, the Orthodox Otrhodox also believes that, if it so desired, it could by itself convene and hold another Ecumenical Council, equal in authority to the first seven. Yet each, while believing in the rightness of its own cause, must look back at the past with sorrow and repentance. For the Christian there exist but two ultimate alternatives, Heaven and Hell. For more than nine hundred years the Greek East and the Latin West have been growing steadily apart, each following its own churfh, yet in the early centuries of Christendom both sides can find common ground.

Fifthly, love of God and of other men must be practical: For the record, I was raised in a non-denominational Protestant church in Kallidtos and one year ago married an Anglican deacon soon-to-be priest who identifies with Orthodoxy perhaps as closely as with Anglicanism. Through icons the Orthodox Christian receives a vision of the spiritual world.

The Definition of Chalcedon was supplemented by two later Councils, both held at Constantinople. It would be perfectly normal for an Orthodox child, if orphaned, to end his evening prayers by asking for the intercessions not only of the Mother of God and the saints, but of his own mother and father. Christianity, while universal in its mission, has tended in practice to be associated with three cultures: If anyone is saved, he must in some sense be a member of the Church; in what sense, we cannot always say On this question, see pp.


The Iconoclasts, by repudiating all representations of God, failed to take full account of the Incarnation. In that divine likeness which man is called to realize in himself, the body has its place. Second, I realized that the sort of ecumenism I had developed bordered dangerously on consumerism. Gregory began by reaffirming the Biblical doctrine of man and of the Incarnation.

This was a re-read for an assignment. The Father is the unique origin, source, and cause of Godhead. Dec 17, Robin rated it churxh was amazing.

To prevent any such misinterpretation, six points must be made. That being said, Ware is certainly an authority and goes on to eloquently explain the difficult contours of the Trinity and Jesus, the God-man. In order to live within Tradition, it is not enough simply to give intellectual assent to a system of doctrine; for Tradition is far more than a set of abstract propositions — it is a life, a personal encounter with Christ in the Holy Spirit.

As a result of the first separation the Semitic Christians of Syria, with kalkistos flourishing school of theologians and writers, were cut off from the rest of Christendom.

The western Church became centralized to a degree unknown anywhere in the four Patriarchates of the east except possibly in Egypt.

In a way I was sad after I read it. His purpose in writing this book is to create ecumenical understanding – to bring the faith communities closer together – to increase tolerance and community among them by increasing their knowledge of each other.

Repentance, Penitence, or Confession in Greek, metanoia or exomologisis. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The Orthodox Church by Kallistos Ware

The struggle centered on the Holy Icons, the pictures of Christ, the Mother of God, and the Saints, which were kept and venerated both in churches and in private homes. Byzantium continued to live in a Patristic atmosphere, using the ideas and language of the Greek Fathers of the fourth century.


Calvary is seen always in the light of the empty tomb; the Cross is an emblem of victory. The struggle was not merely a conflict between two conceptions of Christian art. He quotes many Orthodox writers, but also non-Orthodox writers.

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He ends by musing on the possibilities and obstacles to communion between the Orthodox and their closest brethren, the Catholics and Anglicans. There is first the emphasis upon divine beauty: Orthodoxy and Rome each believes itself to have been right and its opponent wrong upon these points of doctrine; and so Rome and Orthodoxy since the schism have each claimed to be the true Church.

Ware has an easy style and covers a lot of materials simply and clearly. By force of circumstances, the Pope assumed a part which the Greek Patriarchs were not called to play: Feasts, fasts, and private prayer.

Negative theology reaches its classic expression in the so-called “Dionysian” writings. God, who always respects human liberty, did not wish to become incarnate without the free consent of His Mother.

One bishop by himself couldn’t alter it simply at will. These things are not to be separated and contrasted, for it ortnodox the same Holy Spirit which speaks through them all, and together they make up a single whole, each part being understood in the light of the rest.