By: ALEKSANDR A. BOGOLEPOV
St Vladimirs Seminary Pr: March 2001
Seller ID: 20070607107891
Binding: Paper Back
The Orthodox Church is a communion of local churches, internally self-governing but united in faith and sacramental life. In principle, Orthodox ecclesiology aims at "unity in plurality, " over the centuries allowing Orthodoxy to adapt to new circumstances and embed itself in a variety of cultural contexts. But in the modern world this ecclesiology faces new challenges -- nationalism, communism and massive emigration to the Americas and other lands. As a result, the question of how a local church is to be established has become critical for contemporary Orthodox Christians in the West.