The Eastern Orthodox Church A New History John Anthony McGuckin

Publication date:
17 Mar 2020
Yale University Press
376 pages: 216 x 140mm
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In this short, accessible account of the Eastern Orthodox Church, John McGuckin begins by tackling the question “What is the Church?” His answer is a clear, historically and theologically rooted portrait of what the Church is for Orthodox Christianity and how it differs from Western Christians’ expectations.

McGuckin explores the lived faith of generations, including sketches of some of the most important theological themes and individual personalities of the ancient and modern Church. He interweaves a personal approach throughout, offering to readers the experience of what it is like to enter an Orthodox church and witness its liturgy. In this astute and insightful book, he grapples with the reasons why many Western historians and societies have overlooked Orthodox Christianity and provides an important introduction to the Orthodox Church and the Eastern Christian World.

John Anthony McGuckin is emeritus professor of Byzantine Christian studies at Columbia University and professor of early Christianity in the Theological Faculty of Oxford University. An archpriest of the Romanian Orthodox Church, he has written more than twenty-five books. He lives in the UK.

“Engaging, sophisticated yet accessible, this account of the Orthodox Church is one of the best introductions available.”—John Behr, author of The Mystery of Christ