Encountering the Mystery: Understanding Orthodox Christianity Today

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Crown Publishing Group, Mar 18, 2008 - Religion - 304 pages
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As Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew is the symbol of unity for the self-governing national and ethnic Orthodox Christian churches throughout the world. He is well known for his commitment to protecting the environment, and for opening communications with other Christians as well as with Muslims and other religious groups. His efforts for raising environmental awareness globally have earned him the title "Green Patriarch."

Written with personal warmth and great erudition, Encountering the Mystery illuminates the rich culture and soul of Orthodox Christianity. Bartholomew traces the roots of Orthodox Christianity to its founding two thousand years ago, explores its spirituality and doctrine, and explains its liturgy and art. More especially, in a unique and unprecedented way, he relates Orthodox Christianity to contemporary issues, such as freedom and human rights, social justice and globalization, as well as nationalism and war.

With a recent rebirth of Orthodox Christian churches (particularly in the former Soviet Union and elsewhere in Central and Eastern Europe), there has been great interest in understanding this important branch of Christianity with its close ties to the traditions of the early Church. As USA Today recently reported, Orthodox Christian churches throughout the country are drawing converts attracted by the beauty of its liturgy and inspired by its enduring theology. But for the general seeker, whatever their background, Encountering the Mystery is a rich spiritual source that draws upon the wisdom of millennia.
 

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The Ecumenical Patriarch makes a concise survey of Orthodoxy and proceeds to spend much time relating principle to application. The first portion of the book is theologically valuable - with extensive ... Read full review

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The growth of Orthodox Christianity in the United States, like that of Islam, is one of the most important phenomena in religious life today and also one of the phenomena about which most readers are ... Read full review

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Contents

I
1
ll
11
SONG AND SPACE
20
THE GIFT OF THEOLOGY
37
V
57
SPIRITUALITY AND SACRAMENTS
75
VI
89
VII
120
TRANSFORMING THE WORLD
145
E Pl L O G U
230
NOTES
237
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BARTHOLOMEW, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome, and Ecumenical Patriarch, is spiritual leader for the world’s over 200 million Orthodox Christians. He is dedicated to advancing reconciliation among Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities, and is an active proponent of environmental causes.

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