Title: Seeds of the Word: Orthodox Thinking on Other Religions (Foundations)
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: St. Vladimirs Seminary Press April 2006
0881413003 / 9780881413007
Seller ID: 91643
Seldom is seen an Orthodox perspective on the study of comparative religion. The copy in hand by John Garvey, an Orthodox priest and regular columnist for the journal Commonweal, is at the same time unmistakably Orthodox in its representation of the Orthodox Church as the fullness of Christian truth and authentically respectful toward the mutual learning and transformation that can be gained through the study of God's truth found in faiths that do not share a belief in Christ. Garvey begins with a concise introduction to the major (and not so major) religions of the world including Judaism, Islam, Baha'i, the Sikhs, Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and a brief discussion on the different strands of Chinese religion (primarily Taoism and Confucianism). He then turns to the way the Orthodox Church has encountered these religions throughout history and into the present day, examining modern Orthodox approaches to mission work and inter-religious dialogue and highlighting the more relevant and useful points for interfaith discussion within each religion. In conclusion, Garvey examines how other Christians have explored the question of dialogue including the Total Replacement, Partial Replacement, Fulfillment, Mutuality, and Acceptance models. The short and long of it is-we recommend Garvey's study as an intellectually and compassionately balanced approach to the difficult topic of interfaith discourse and as a help toward the Christian embodiment of both love and truth.