New. Probably the most comprehensive yet concise introduction to Orthodoxy we offer, generously situated in the author's belief that ''one aspect of Orthodoxy's vocation in the contemporary world is to present itself to non-Orthodox Christians in a way that will illuminate those aspects of Orthodox Christianity which are present, in some degree, everywhere Christ's truth is proclaimed. '' An ordained Orthodox priest and former columnist for the Atlantic Monthly, Fr. Garvey touches (albeit briefly) on the central tenets of Orthodox belief, practice and spirituality including Church authority, original sin, deification, the sacraments and the church year. These are abbreviated discussions not intended to be encompassing, but Fr. Garvey does well to write simply without simplifying the richness of the Tradition. He's incorporated direct quotes from the Desert Fathers and Mothers, the complete text of St. John Chrysostom's Paschal homily, the Anaphora of St. Basil the Great and a solid bibliography for further reading. In broaching the subject of Orthodoxy's relationship with both Roman Catholics and Protestants, he points out the differences and convergences between East and West without polarizing or instigating divisive debate. In all, we think this pocket-size manual might just be the sort you keep on hand to give away.
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