Popes and Patriarchs: An Orthodox Perspective on Roman Catholic Claims

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Conciliar Press, 2006 - Religion - 177 pages
For any dialogue between the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches to be fruitful, we must first understand our differences. Popes and Patriarchs covers some of the distinctives in theology and worldview that separate the churches of the East from those of the West, focusing primarily on the claims of papal supremacy. Author Michael Whelton, a convert from Catholicism to Orthodoxy, discusses some of the theological and historical issues that led him to explore the teachings of the Orthodox Church, including the doctrine of original sin, the influence of Medieval scholastic thought on the Western Church, and the modern trend toward evolutionary Christianity. Part II examines in depth the true attitude of the early Eastern saints of the Church toward the papacy, an attitude radically different from that frequently attributed to them by Roman Catholic apologists.A final chapter is devoted to typical questions Roman Catholics raise about the Orthodox Church, including a comprehensive discussion of divorce and remarriage.

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I recently finished reading this book as a step in my process of deciding whether I should convert to Roman Catholicism. Whelton provides good arguments and uses a great variety of sources in substantiating his claims. I think he makes a good case against the Roman papacy, but I was left wishing the book was a little more exhaustive. That being said, it is a good overview. 


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Michael Whelton is a British-born Orthodox writer residing on a fifteen-acre hobby farm in the lush farm country of southwest British Columbia. He is the author of Two Paths: Papal Monarchy-Collegial Tradition, The Pearl: A Handbook for Orthodox Converts, and False Gods: Counterfeit Spirituality in an Age of Anxiety.

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