This addition to the Cambridge Companion
series provides us with what we often miss in similar scholarly collections: an introduction to a Tradition from within that Tradition. In this case written largely by practitioners of Orthodox Christianity and presenting a positive exploration of Orthodox history and theology. Contributors include familiar names such as Nicholas Lash, Boris Bobrinskoy, Nonna Verna Harrison, Hilarion Alfeyev, Andrew Louth, Michael Plekon, Theodore Stylianopoulis, and John Chryssavgis, their essays organized under two headings: 'Doctrine and Tradition' and 'Contemporary Orthodox Theology.' Topics under discussion include Scripture and Tradition, God as Trinity, eschatology, the icon, spiritual life, Church Fathers, and Orthodoxy and the modern West. Once an obscure or specialized realm of study, it is now unusual to find contemporary theologians and knowledgeable laypeople who do not inquire into Orthodox Christian sources. We recommend this volume as many good books in one. 321 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
Orthodox Christian theology is often presented as the direct inheritor of the doctrine and tradition of the early Church. But continuity with the past is only part of the truth; it would be false to conclude that the eastern section of the Christian Church is in any way static. Orthodoxy, building on its patristic foundations, has blossomed in the modern period. This volume focuses on the way Orthodox theological tradition is understood and lived today. It explores the Orthodox understanding of what theology is: an expression of the Church's life of prayer, both corporate and personal, from which it can never be separated. Besides discussing aspects of doctrine, the book portrays the main figures, themes and developments that have shaped Orthodox thought. There is particular focus on the Russian and Greek traditions, as well as the dynamic but less well-known Antiochian tradition and the Orthodox presence in the West.