[Read eBook] The Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Its History, Doctrine, and Spiritual CultureAuthor John Anthony McGuckin – Schematicwiringdiagram.co

This Important Work Offers The Most Comprehensive And Up To Date Account Of The Orthodox Church Available, Providing A Detailed Account Of Its Historical Development, As Well As Exploring Orthodox Theology And Culture Written By One Of The Leading Orthodox Historians And Theologians In The English Speaking World Offers An In Depth Engagement With The Issues Surrounding Orthodoxy S Relationship To The Modern World, Including Political, Cultural And Ethical Debates Considers The Belief Tradition, Spirituality, Liturgical Diversity, And Biblical Heritage Of The Eastern Churches Their Endurance Of Oppressions And Totalitarianisms And Their Contemporary Need To Rediscover Their Voice And Confidence In A New World Order Recipient Of A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title For Award

6 thoughts on “The Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Its History, Doctrine, and Spiritual Culture

  1. Jim Boothman Jim Boothman says:


  2. B Clark B Clark says:

    very good

  3. M. McClure M. McClure says:

    I agree with the person who reviewed the Kindle version of the book Although I do not have a Kindle, the footnotes to the book are important and not just ancillary or scholarly You need to read them and if the Kindle version is not good, then you have a problem with this book.The book itself is an excellent introduction to Orthodox Christianity When I received it, I devoured it In some respects it surpasses the Kallistos Ware book on Orthodoxy not because it is better in overall content but, because it is very full and directed towards the ordinary Christian reader in, perhaps, a straightforward way It suffers at time from a certain bad temperedness when Fr McGuckin feels strongly about something Kallistos Ware s introduction is rather temperate, and frankly English in its evenness of tone, but this is a matter of taste than anything else.The one problem, however, facing most apologists of Orthodox Christianity is to explain why Orthodox Christianity is supposed to be better than Western Christianity, especially in the aftermath of the Enlightenment in the West Most Orthodox apologists say that Orthodoxy is less polluted, so the speak, by the Enlightenment and, therefore, is an original version of Christianity This is undoubtedly true viewed from an historical and theological point of view but it does not explain why Orthodoxy is a convincing version of Christianity One is left with the suspicion that Orthodoxy has, not, in fact, dealt with the challenges of the Enlightenment One hates to say it but this may give rise to suspicions that Orthodoxy is just native to parts of Europe that have not been affected so much by modern thinking Eastern Europe, Russia etc and, therefore, despite its impressive antiquity and faithfulness to tradition, it is, let us say, just a tad behind the times but I don t want to be a snobbish old Western thinker Neither McGuckin or Ware really tackle this problem head on and until they and fellow apologists of Orthodoxy do, Orthodoxy will continue to be fascinating but merely esoteric to outsiders.

  4. nairb nairb says:

    This book provides an excellent introduction to the history and beliefs of the Orthodox churches It is very informative and gives a flavour of orthodox spirituality and approach to prayer from an author who obviously writes from the heart as well, as from the head The book shows a depth of scholarship My only criticism of the book is about what it does not cover and include as it does not discuss the perspectives, beliefs and critiques of Orthodoxy of non Orthodox Christians However, I would strongly recommend this book to anyone with a serious interest in Orthodoxy and it has certainly increased by desire to know about the Eastern Orthodox churches.

  5. Fr Ian Fr Ian says:

    The content of the book may be very good, but the Kindle version is a disaster Each chapter has endnotes sometimes over 200 and many of the notes are not simply references, but contain significant discussion of points raised in the text There is no easy way to move between body text and notes there is no hyperlinking so unless you are able to remember several location numbers simultaneously in order to jump back and forth the Kindle text is useless for serious study Buy the book, by all means, and profit from it, but don t waste money on the Kindle version Shame on the publishers who released this, and shame on for retailing such a shoddy piece of work.

  6. Stephen Tyndale Procter Stephen Tyndale Procter says:

    This is a book for the Orthodox and non Orthodox alike Professor McGuckin, himself an Orthodox Priest, explains with great clarity the structure and history of the Church the importance of the seven early councils and the writings of the Church Fathers The division of the Eastern and Western Churches are set out with the Orthodox Church having a collegiate structure as opposed to the Roman model of a supreme Pontiff This conflict over authority in ecclesiastical jurisdiction was as much a cause of the Great Schism of 1054 as the disagreement over the Western insertion of the Filioque clause to the Nicene Creed He reveals the doctrines, sacraments and liturgies while pointing a way forward for Orthodoxy in the modern world while retaining its Holy Tradition.This book will inspire and refresh all those searching for a greater and loving spirituality in our increasingly material and secular world.