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Welcome to the Orthodox Church : An Introduction to Eastern Christianity (Paperback) (Frederica
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Welcome to the Orthodox Church—its history, theology, worship, spirituality, and daily life. This friendly guide provides a comprehensive introduction to Orthodoxy, but with a twist: readers learn by making a series of visits to a fictitious church, and get to know the faith as new Christians did for most of history, by immersion. Mathews-Green provides commentary and explanations on everything from how to “venerate” an icon, the Orthodox understanding of the atonement, to the Lenten significance of tofu. It’s the perfect book for inquirers and newcomers, but even readers who have been Orthodox all their say they learned things they never knew before. Enjoyable, easy-to-read, and leavened with humor,Welcome to the Orthodox Church is a gracious guide to the ancient faith of the Christian East.
There are other introductory books about Orthodoxy, but they are all somewhat academic. This one comprehensively covers the history, theology, and practice without talking over your head. Mathewes-Green takes the original approach of bringing you into a typical church for a series of visits. That is how Christians learned the faith for most of history, by coming into a community and keeping their eyes and ears open. Designed primarily for newcomers to come to understand Orthodoxy and Orthodox Christians, this guide to the faith is also a non-threatening and accessible introduction to people already ?in the pews.? Inviting rather than argumentative, Orthodox Christians will be giving this to their friends.
Number of Pages: 361
Genre: Religion + Beliefs
Sub-Genre: Christianity / Orthodox Churches
Publisher: Paraclete Pr
Author: Frederica Mathewes-Green
Street Date: April 1, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-25-2843