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Turning East: Contemporary Philosophers and the Ancient Christian Faith

(Orthodox Profiles #4)

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The Orthodox Church is one of the largest religious groups in the world. Yet, it remains an enigma in the West, especially among those who mistake it either for a Greek version of Roman Catholicism or for an exotic mixture of Christianity and eastern religion. Many, however, are coming to recognize the Orthodox Church for what it is: a worldwide community of Christian disc ...more
Paperback, 369 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by St Vladimirs Seminary Press
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Sep 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Turning East is a collection of "conversion stories" by 16 philosophers who entered the Orthodox Church. With the exception of three (one of whom teaches at an American university), all are from the United States. One notices that to some degree they come from a shared community, as not only does the bioethicist H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr. contribute his conversion story here, but several other contributors mention coming to Orthodoxy after meeting Engelhardt.

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This is a fascinating book. Each of the philosophers provides some rationale for being Orthodox, finding in Orthodoxy a way to resolve --- or at least come to grips with --- the antimonies that are all around us. While this is no formal apologetic for Orthodoxy, yet it is interesting to find Western intellectuals coming to terms with the limitations of materialism, rationalism, and the academic method. One common theme is that the Western model of philosophy is purely intellectual, whereas for t ...more
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