The Orthodox Church

The Orthodox Church

The Orthodox Church

The Orthodox Church

Excerpt

Many people assume that Orthodoxy is either a rather special variety of Roman Catholicism or at best a sort of half-way station, a compromise between Roman Catholicism and all those Western Churches which are not Roman Catholic. This book is a brilliant exposition of the error of such opinions. Western readers will discover much that they can claim as their own, as well as many items new but evidently acceptable to their way of thinking in matters religious. They will appreciate the breadth of liberty, the power of adaptation in Orthodoxy. Bulgakov's recognition of the possibility that new canons may be accepted, or the need and the propriety for new interpretations of old dogmas, is most revealing. The prejudiced Western critic who thinks of Orthodoxy as a matter of rigid and unchangeable tradition, will be disarmed by the author's forward-looking attitude in those things which concern the revelations of modern science or the active rôle of the Church in solving modern problems, political and social as well as religious.

For those who have done some thinking on any of a number of theological problems--salvation, authority, or eschatology --the attitudes of Orthodoxy will come with surprising freshness and interest. The Orthodox concepts of conciliarity (the best word to use for the quite untranslatable "sobórnost"), of salvation as a process of becoming divine, not only for men but for the whole created world, will open vistas as new as the proposal here made of a basis for reunion rarely suggested in Western Christianity. Under Bulgakov's . . .

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