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The Orthodox Way

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This book is a general account of the doctrine, worship and life of Orthodox Christians by the author of the now classic THE ORTHODOX CHURCH. It raises the basic issues of theology: God as hidden yet revealed; the problem of evil; the nature of salvation; the meaning of faith; prayer; death and what lies beyond. In so doing, it helps to fill the need for a modern Orthodox ...more
Paperback, Revised Edition, 164 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press (first published 1979)
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Aug 10, 2013 Steve rated it it was amazing
I've now read Ware's The Orthodox Way three times over the last decade or so. (Something going on there?) Anyway, this time around a few things jumped out at me, or at least struck me as fresh and new with this reading. First, the title, which is sneaky smart. In the early days of the Church, Christianity was called "The Way." (I actually think there's an older Bible from the Jesus Freak days of the late 60s and 70s called the The Way.) That title itself harkens to John 14:6 ("I am the Way, the ...more
Kevin Greenlee
Sep 18, 2012 Kevin Greenlee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
I've always been an ecumenist. I believe in one holy, catholic and apostolic church, and believe that every creed professing person is a member of Christ's Church. A few years back, however, I had a few realizations that changed the form of my ecumenism.

The first was the realization that sola scriptura, when seen in the ahistorical way many modern Evangelicals view it, is an untenable position.

Second, I realized that the sort of ecumenism I had developed bordered dangerously on consumerism. Deno
Donovan Richards
Apr 11, 2012 Donovan Richards rated it it was amazing
Burn the Heretics

Whenever my grandfather discusses Greece, he mentions his singular experience in the Greek Isles. Visiting an Orthodox Church with my grandmother, an Orthodox priest graciously administered a tour of the premises. The dialogue advanced swimmingly between the parties until the priest asked if my grandparents were Orthodox. When my grandfather admitted his Protestant roots, the priest kindly-yet-forcefully requested that my grandparents leave the church. To this day, my comprehens
Jan 04, 2013 Graham rated it it was amazing
This was assigned reading for a course I took in my undergrad, and I have read it almost annually since. I have referred back to it regularly for preaching and writing. It has been among the most formative books in terms of spiritual formation. While I am not Eastern Orthodox, reading this book opened my eyes to a freshness of beauty and mystery and wonder so badly needed in Western Protestantism. The presentation of the Orthodox spirituality which embraces mystery, beauty, meditation, and exper ...more
Jamie Grefe
Aug 12, 2012 Jamie Grefe rated it really liked it
Without being a member, I've been studying Orthodoxy for a few years now, dipping into certain thinkers and texts--The Philokalia, namely or articles by Vincent Rossi or books by Philip Sherrard--and I find this book to be the best introduction to Orthodoxy that I've read. While it is not as linear and systematic as "Orthodox Dogmatic Theology," that is not its aim. Its aim, I feel, is to give the reader a more poetic and lived experience of Orthodoxy while presenting certain overriding Orthodox ...more
Ryan Moore
Dec 28, 2013 Ryan Moore rated it it was amazing
The Orthodox Way by Bishop Kalistos(Timothy)Ware was recommended to me as a solid introduction to Orthodoxy. I haven't studied Orthodoxy much at all which is not good, considering the fact that I study Russia, where Orthodoxy is central to life. Ware asserts that Christianity is a path along which we journey. I love this idea. He further asserts that we must have companions and signposts(events to look back on) along the way. "Each of us is called to verify for himself what he has been taught an ...more
Jeff Rickel
Apr 24, 2013 Jeff Rickel rated it it was amazing
An eye opening book that reveals historic Christianity in all its glory, before the Great Schism of 1054. Most in the West have little knowledge of the intricacies of the Faith (here always referred to simply as The Way, as it was called in the New Testament) of the ancient times because we have been so greatly impacted by the Schism. Protestantism is nothing more than a reaction to the claims of unilateral authority given to the Pope, yet this is not how the ancient Church functioned.

It is not
André von Kugland
Feb 22, 2016 André von Kugland rated it it was amazing
Metropolitan Kallistos Ware’s The Orthodox Way—a companion to his The Orthodox Church (1963), which, alas, I have not read yet—, is an introduction to the Orthodox faith, which explains the spiritual path offered by the Church. Although the book discusses about Church dogma, it doesn’t fall into dry expositions of abstract concepts, never losing sight of the consequences of theology for our spiritual life, for our prayer and for our relationship with our neighbor.
Gregory Soderberg
Dec 23, 2009 Gregory Soderberg rated it really liked it
Excellent, pastoral, overview. Steers clear of controversial doctrines and focuses on the spirituality of Orthodoxy.
Special K
May 10, 2011 Special K rated it really liked it
Recommended to Special K by: Robert Stackpole
Shelves: theology
This book is so accessible to people who want to learn more about Orthodoxy but are outside of the Orthodox tradition, like myself (a former evangelical, sometimes liturgical, though rarely church-attending Protestant).
Above all things, the book gave me great hope. Over the past few years, I took a brief foray into the writing of "emergent church" thinkers like Brian McLaren, but always ended with this strange feeling that they were trying to reinvent the wheel. But at the same time, the popular
Apr 01, 2014 Edward rated it really liked it
Great intro to an ancient and venerable tradition within Christianity. The west in general could learn something from Orthodox thought. Some of the differences may seem slight at first, but lead to a wholly different approach to theology. Students of Taoism may notice some parallels at the mystical level, especially in areas like the apophatic approach or hesychastic meditation.

"You are a world within a world: look within yourself, and see there the whole of creation." St Nilus of Ancyra
Jan 03, 2015 Ken rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I have been interested in the teachings of the Orthodox church for some time. This is an introductory book, the author has written a much more extensive one elsewhere.

I found this quite interesting though. He quotes many Orthodox writers, but also non-Orthodox writers. He intentionally doesn't take the time to argue with non-Orthodox Christians, but instead he presents what the Orthodox church teaches and believes. I found that I agreed with nearly all of it (only a c
Jul 24, 2015 Dionysus rated it really liked it
Shelves: christianity
This is a great primer on some of the baseline theological positions of Orthodox Christianity. I particularly enjoyed the fact that Bishop Ware made the Triune nature of God the centerpiece of the discussion. Many other apologetic works seem to basically say, "the Trinity? Eh, it's a mystery, don't ask questions." Ware rightly argues that although the nature of the Trinitarian God cannot be fully known, the idea that God loves and shares even within himself is crucial to the entire Christian und ...more
Атанас Ваташки
Mar 16, 2016 Атанас Ваташки rated it it was amazing
Книгата е писана за западни, неправославни читатели, които обикновено не са запознати с Православието. Езикът е богословски, едновременно издържан, и достъпен. Бих казал, че езикът на книгата е във възможно най-правилното отношение между точност и достъпност. "Православният път" не е изчерпателен анализ на православното вероучение, но и не може да има такъв анализ, доколкото Православието избягва систематизациите, оставяйки мястото за тайната на Бога. В книгата се изхожда от различни догматични ...more
Apr 23, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it
I found this book to be most enlightening regarding tenets of the Orthodox Church.

In a way I was sad after I read it. I felt the need to search other sources for his views on women in the Orthodox Church because I found few women leaders/theologians/pastors mentioned anywhere in this book. I know that there were women in the early church who were important to Jesus Christ and His followers.

The author, Bishop Kallistos Ware believes that "Christianity is a liturgical religion--worship comes firs
Kaycie Simmons
May 14, 2013 Kaycie Simmons rated it really liked it
This book was a practical breakdown of complicated ideas; certain things were redundant (that might just be my filter), but one things I did really enjoy were the quotes from different people at the end of each chapter.
May 13, 2015 Sincerae rated it it was amazing
I read this book for the catechumen class at the Orthodox church that I attend. This book talks about the more mystical side of the Christian faith which is found in Orthodox Christianity.
Christopher Mattox
Feb 08, 2014 Christopher Mattox rated it it was amazing
Jan 13, 2014 Conner rated it it was amazing
I have been raised in a conservative evangelical household for my entire life and this was my first exposure to Eastern Orthodoxy. I really enjoyed the content presented, particularly because I have recently become interested in Christian mysticism. I cannot say that this book is in fact exemplary of mystical thought because I have not read enough to be capable of doing so, but from my understanding it seemed to have a deep-seated mysticism throughout its entirety. In my opinion, the approach ta ...more
Eileen Kleidon
May 02, 2011 Eileen Kleidon rated it it was amazing
I loved this book because it described the Orthodox faith well.

Certainly I do not agree with all of the teachings here; yet it gave me a firm understanding of what the Orthodox faith is. I began the study of the Orthodox faith when I entered a Greek church and asked the pastor there to help guide me into understanding where they get there beliefs from. He responded with a list of books - one being The Orthodox Way.

The primary reason for studying this religion was an attempt to understand why som
Marcas SOG
Aug 28, 2015 Marcas SOG rated it it was amazing
Thee book for getting to know Eastern Orthodoxy or even just Christianity. A real masterpiece of Spiritual writing and more than a mere introduction. There is so much for any reader to reflect on, it is the sort that I want to hand out copies of to people I know, and because of the beautifully open way it is written most could read it while taking in the key points.
Not many works have that quality but this one is special even for those that do. And there is so much wisdom distilled in this quit
Jul 07, 2014 Hans rated it liked it
I suppose this is fine for a primer, but it was kind of a let down. I was expecting much more, but it seemed like a very, very general overview of Eastern Orthodoxy. Most of what is said in the book any Christian would agree with and not see a difference between their view and the Orthodox view.
Amos Smith
Sep 18, 2015 Amos Smith rated it it was amazing
This book is extraordinary. It should be required reading for Seminary Classes that introduce the depth and breadth of Christian Tradition. This book is short yet has penetrating depth of insight. Any Protestant or Catholic that wants an intimate window into the vast and luminous world of Eastern Orthodox Christianity would do well to read this! Kallistos Ware is the best Western interpreter of Eastern Orthodoxy that I know. His quotations at the end of each chapter are exquisite. The thing abou ...more
Jul 24, 2014 Ryan rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this little introduction to the Orthodox way and gleaned a number of fulfilling thoughts and practices from this book. That being said, I'm thankful for what I do and do not share with the Orthodox Tradition of Christianity. Overall this was a good and enjoyable book to read.
Ehab Anis
Dec 22, 2015 Ehab Anis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتاب "الطريق الارثوذكسى" هو كتاب يدعوك فيه الأب كاليستوس وير الى مصاحبته والسير معه فى رحلة ممتعة فى طريق الارثوذكسية ولن تكونا وحدكما بل سيصحبكما رفيقا ثالثا وهو الله نفسه. بعد كل فصل سيظهر لك روعة الارثوذكسية وجمال اللاهوت الشرقى فى فهم الله. كتاب قيم اشكر الله على تدبير قراءته لفهم اكثر لارثوذكسية اعمق لم اسبر غورها بعد. شكر خاص لبيت التكريس و د/ نصحى عبد الشهيد لاختياره الموفق فيما يجب ترجمته.
Oct 14, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All Orthodox Christians
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Fr. John Townsend
Explanation of the mystical life of the Orthodox Church. Orthodox Christianity is not a "religion," but is a way of life - a way of living - hence, "The Orthodox Way."

Jon Sedlak
Oct 22, 2015 Jon Sedlak rated it liked it
I honestly thought there would be much more to "the Orthodox Way" than what is contained in the book with that title. I hope this was supposed to be a "beginner's guide" of sorts, and not a definitive defense of Orthodox doctrine. Someone please tell me there is more to be learned--hopefully much, much, more
May 19, 2014 Ulyana rated it it was amazing
Read this book a while ago and I still remember bits and pieces. A nice book to read for an Orthodox person who wants to know more about his/her faith.
Michelle Murray
Apr 08, 2015 Michelle Murray rated it it was ok
Did not like this book at all - each chapter after the initial thesis seems to get muddled
Patricia Pryor
Apr 08, 2015 Patricia Pryor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
A great introduction to the Orthodox faith. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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His Excellency, the Most Reverend Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia (b. 1934, also known by his lay name, Timothy Ware) is a titular metropolitan of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Great Britain. From 1966-2001, he was Spalding Lecturer of Eastern Orthodox Studies at Oxford University, and has authored numerous books and articles pertaining to the Orthodox Christian faith.
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“In the Christian context, we do not mean by a "mystery" merely that which is baffling and mysterious, an enigma or insoluble problem. A mystery is, on the contrary, something that is revealed for our understanding, but which we never understand exhaustively because it leads into the depth or the darkness of God. The eyes are closed—but they are also opened.” 18 likes
“Love and hatred are not merely subjective feelings, affecting the inward universe of those who experience them, but they are also objective forces, altering the world outside ourselves...if this is true of my love, it is true to an incomparably greater extent of Christ's love. The victory of his suffering love upon the Cross does not merely set me an example, showing me what I myself may achieve if by my own efforts I imitate him. Much more than this, his suffering love has a creative effect upon me, transforming my own heart and will, releasing me from bondage, making me whole, rendering it possible for me to love in a way that would lie altogether beyond my powers, had I not first been loved by him.” 12 likes
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