Prepared shortly before Meyendorff's death, these essays examine aspects of the estrangement between East and West, and the results of historical efforts to heal it. His scholarship is never aimless. He insists that the issues he discusses involve not ''the preservation of cultural categories shaped in the distant past, but the true 'catholicity' of the Christian message for the world today.'' Essays include: 'Byzantium as Center of Theological Thought in the Christian East,' 'Two Visions of the Church: East and West on the Eve of Modern Times,' 'An Early Medieval Bridge-Builder: Remarks on Eastern Patristic Thought in John Scot Eriugena,' 'Was There an Encounter Between East and West at Florence,' 'New Life in Christ: Salvation in Orthodox Theology,' and several others.
An Eighth Day View:
These essays discuss different aspects of the estrangement between the two halves of the Christian world and evaluate several of the attempts at healing the schism. Includes index and bibliography.