John D. Zizioulas, Metropolitan of Pergamon
Title: The One And The Many
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Western American Diocese, Sebastian Press August 2010
0971950547 / 9780971950542
Seller ID: 81862
Here is that rare anthology whose unifying theme--the one and the many--permeates every chapter, each thought. Whether he is discussing the Eucharist, episcopal primacy, Gnosticism, or proselytism, Zizioulas grounds his vision decisively in the Trinity: one and three, the very mystery of communion and relationship defines his ecclesiology and extends to every aspect of Christian life. Most of the 32 papers collected here respond directly to ecumenical conversations in which this esteemed Orthodox theologian has participated for many decades. Zizioulas articulates his views with clarity and candor, upholding the position of the Orthodox Church as the 'one,' the Una Sancta, while insisting on her responsibility, as a profoundly 'relational entity,' to speak to the 'many.' 'It is no longer enough to preserve our Tradition,' Zizioulas asserts in his final essay, 'The Orthodox Church in the Third Millennium.' 'We must engage in its interpretation in light of today's and tomorrow's existential concerns. Orthodox theology should not fear dialogue with anyone...It is the only way to assert its uniqueness, its importance, its indispensability.' Zizioulas demonstrates on every page why such an assertion is not only necessary but how it can become, indeed, Orthodoxy's 'particular gift to the world in the 21st century.'