Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Facing the World: Orthodox Christian Essays on Global Concerns

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Facing the World: Orthodox Christian Essays on Global Concerns

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Facing the World: Orthodox Christian Essays on Global Concerns. By Anastasios Yannoulatos. Translated by Paul Gottfried. Geneva, Switzerland: WCC/Crestwood, N.Y.: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2003. 208 pp. $15.95 (paper).

Facing the World is a collection of essays by the Orthodox theologian Anastasios Yannoulatos. For the past decade, Yannoulatos has been engaged in missionary work in Albania trying to rebuild the Orthodox Church that was literally destroyed during the Communist years. Guided by the leadership of Yannoulatos and his fellow missionaries, hundreds of churches and monasteries have been rebuilt and are now functioning, seminaries have been training new clergy to lead missions and parishes throughout the country, monasteries have been reopened, schools and clinics have been built, and many villages and towns have full-time parish clergy. The work in Albania will certainly continue.

In addition to his missionary activities, Yannoulatos has been a guest speaker at hundreds of parishes, seminaries, and universities throughout the world and has received numerous honorary degrees. Likewise, many of his essays and articles have appeared in scholarly journals. Recently, Yannoulatos's life and missionary work have been highlighted in his book Resurrection of the Church in Albania.

However, in Facing the World, we see another side of Yannoulatos, that of the theologian. The seven essays in this anthology reflect global concerns facing not only the Orthodox Christians in Albania, but also Christians throughout the world. The themes of the essays reflect universal problems, such as human rights issues, the relationship between culture and the gospel, Christianity's dialogue with Islam, the role and purpose of other religious traditions, and the nature of religious experience. …

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