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Eastern Orthodoxy Through Western Eyes

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In the last decade, Eastern Orthodoxy has moved from being virtually unknown to Western Christians to being a significant presence on the religious scene in North America and Great Britain. In light of Orthodoxy's growing presence, this book will introduce Western Christians to the Eastern Orthodox vision of the Christian life by examining Orthodox theology and worship and ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published October 31st 2002 by Westminster John Knox Press (first published September 28th 2002)
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Ben Zornes
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: culture, history, theology
Fairbairn offers a really helpful primer on the important things to know about our brothers and sisters in Christ across the Bosphorus. He also gives a good handful of insights on how EO believers view Protestants. Perhaps the most helpful takeaway was a very simple (perhaps oversimplification) observation about the respective traditions. In the West our salvation largely consists of "looking back" to the work of Christ upon the cross; whereas for the Orthodox, they view salvation as something ...more
Jordan Puckett
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it
When the author is laying out the facts this is an informative, albeit dense book. My problem comes when the author presents his opinions as undeniable truths. For someone who is interested in seeing Christianity from multiple perspectives, he can be extremely short sighted.
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy reading about this "other" version of Christianity, the one less commonly known in Western culture and its brand of the faith which has come to dominate the global popular conscious. Eastern Orthodoxy is "eastern" in more than just geography, history or theology--it's different in ways that can only be described with words like tone, or atmosphere. Subtle, yet distinct in important ways.

This book is especially helpful for those who grew up outside the Eastern tradition and in a
Apr 25, 2011 rated it liked it
A very interesting look at the Eastern Orthodox church, although it is geared quite specifically to Western Christians who may already have had some contact with Eastern Orthodoxy. Non-Christians looking for a simple primer may end up scratching their heads.

I am not a religious scholar, and found some of the finer points of doctrine difficult to wrap my head around (This is decidedly NOT "Eastern Orthodoxy for Dummies"). Even so, I found it even-handed in its contrast of the Eastern vs. Western
Sep 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book at explaining the differences and similarities between Eastern Orthodoxy and Western Protestantism. The author is quick to point out strengths and weaknesses in each school of thought and shows how one does not need to trump the other.

Highly recommended for those who want to understand Orthodoxy better and especially for those who will be spending time with people who hold such beliefs.
Jul 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
See, as I am reading this along with "Church History in Plain Language", and "Ye Are the Body".
Pui Him
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
One of the most insightful book on Eastern Orthodoxy written by a contemporary Protestant theologian.
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