Over the last century unprecedented numbers of Christians from traditionally Orthodox societies migrated around the world. Once seen as an ‘oriental’ or ‘eastern’ phenomenon, Orthodox Christianity is now much more widely dispersed, and in many parts of the modern world one need not go far to find an Orthodox community at worship. This collection offers a compelling overview of the Orthodox world, covering the main regional traditions of Orthodox Christianity and the ways in which they have become global. The contributors are drawn from the Orthodox community worldwide and explore a rich selection of key figures and themes. The book provides an innovative and illuminating approach to the subject, ideal for students and scholars alike.
"A unique foray - at times with broader, at other times with finer strokes - into fascinating dimensions of the intriguing kaleidoscope that is Eastern Christianity. The Orthodox world at your fingertips!" - Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, author of Light Through Darkness: The Orthodox Tradition
"Admirably wide-ranging in its coverage, The Orthodox Christian World provides an eminently useful source of knowledge on the different traditions of Eastern Christianity. Particularly welcome in this respect is the inclusion of sections on the non-Chalcedonian Churches." - Sebastian Brock, Professorial Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Oxford, UK
"The relationship between Eastern and Western Christianity is of great historical importance. Despite its contemporary significance, there is still a remarkable lack of knowledge and understanding of the diverse ecclesial and theological traditions of the Eastern Christian churches. The Orthodox World offers a wide ranging and authoritative account of this rich Christian landscape in all its complex plurality. The Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Syriac traditions are juxtaposed inviting the reader to engage in a dialogical conversation, with and between, these great Christian cultures." - Anthony O'Mahony, Reader in the History of Christianity, Heythrop College, University of London, UK
Introduction Part 1: Orthodox Christianity Around the World Part 2: Important Figures in Orthodox Christianity Part 3: Major Themes in Orthodox Christianity
The Routledge Worlds are magisterial surveys of key historical epochs, edited and written by world-renowned experts. Giving unprecedented breadth and depth of coverage, they are the works against which all future books on their subjects will be judged and are essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in the subject.