An overlooked treasury of Orthodox scholarship on the Byzantine tradition, which was the principal worldly bearer of Orthodox Christian tradition from Chalcedon until the fall of Constantinople. The chapters on the Great Schism and on the encounter of Byzantine scholars with Thomism are of special note, but every part of this book is unfailingly informative, pervaded by Meyendorff's typical precision and clarity. CONTENTS: I. Historical Trends. Byzantine Theology After Chalcedon - The Christological Issue - Monks and Humanists - Monastic Theology - Ecclesiology: Canonical Sources - The Schism Between East and West - Encounter With the West -Lex Orandi. II. Doctrinal Themes. Creation - Man - Jesus Christ - The Holy Spirit - The Triune God - Sacramental Theology: The Cycle of Life - The Eucharist - The Church in the World - Conclusion: Antinomies.
An Eighth Day View:
For over a thousand years, Eastern Christendom had as its center the second capital of the Roman Empire-Constantinople, the New Rome, or Byzantium. The geographical division between the Eastern and Western Churches was only one manifestation of deeper rifts, characterized by a long history of conflicts, suspicions, and misunderstandings. Although the art, monasticism, and spirituality of Byzantium have come to be recognized as inspirational and influential in the shaping of Eastern European civilization, and of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance as well, the West has been in the main ignorant of the historical evolution and the doctrinal significance of Byzantine theology.Here, for the first time in English, is presented a synthesis of Byzantine Christian thought. The reader is guided through its complexities to an understanding of Byzantium: its view of man and his destiny of deification; its ability to transcend the Western captivity; its survival under quite adverse historical circumstances. In the end, he may well find himself receptive to the basic positions of Byzantine thought, which have attained, in this time of need for the reintegration of Christianity itself, a surprising, contemporary relevance