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Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism (Counterpoints)

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To some Western evangelicals, the practices of Eastern Orthodoxy seem mysterious and perhaps even unbiblical. Then again, from an Orthodox perspective, evangelicals lack the spiritual roots provided by centuries-old church traditions. Are the differences between these two branches of Christianity so sharp that to shake hands is to compromise the gospel itself? Or is there ...more
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Published November 8th 2004 by Zondervan (first published November 1st 2004)
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Nov 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
This was one of Zondervan's "Counterpoint" books, where theological issues are debated by all sides of the issue. Here the "Yes" position is taken by Bradley Nassif (Orthodox), the "No" position is taken by Michael Horton (evangelical) and Vladimir Berzonsky (Orthodox), and finally a "Maybe" position is argued by George Hancock-Stefan (evangelical) and Edward Rommen (Orthodox). Each of the participants makes an argument, is rebutted by the others, and then offers final words. As one might guess, ...more
Радостин Марчев
Първата статия на Брадли Насиф (както и следващите му отговори в хода на дискусията) са много добри и показват изключителна информираност по темата. Това не е чудно като се има в предвид, че той е създател и ръководител на група за диалог между православни и протестанти. Може и да не съм съгласен с всичко, но авторът много добре знае за какво говори, стреми се да бъде обективен и е напълно лишен от враждебност (което, за съжаление, не може да се каже за някои от другите автори)
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David Varney
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this volume. Fascinating insight to a tradition that I am almost wholly unaware of. Arguably an impossible task to do justice to the subject owing to the breadth of variety in both evangelicalism and Orthodoxy. Nassif and Horton were the most clear writers. Berzonsky was most entrenched. This volume has whetted my appetite for more!
Tom James
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
A reasonably good interaction between Evangelical and Orthodox theologians. On the Orthodox side, Bradley Nassif was my favourite and on the Evangelical, George Hancock-Stefan. Hancock-Stefan presented his case clearly and defended his side well. Michael Horton could be frustrating, in that while he says that the two belief systems are not compatible, he is not always clear as to why, and occasionally seems to side with the Orthodox against those from the "radical Anabaptist" tradition. Apprecia ...more
Jacob Aitken
As far as the Zondervan Counterpoints go, this is a better volume. I will forgo a thorough review, since expositing some essays would take many, many pages (and I plan to do that in my book on EO). So here is a short overview, with strengths and weaknesses:

Thesis: Are Evangelicalism and Eastern Orthodoxy compatible? Notice that the thesis is not whether one position is true or not (though that inevitably comes up). The answers:

Yes: Bradley Nassif. My favorite of the EO writers today. While I enj
May 30, 2014 rated it liked it
This book varied widely in the usefulness of its chapters. I would not recommend it highly for someone seeking to deeply understand where Evangelicalism and Eastern Orthodoxy converge & diverge, but parts made good starting points. The structure is: each position makes an argument, the others respond and then the original author gets the final word.

A quick summary:
Nassif is Orthodox, but was saved because of Evangelicals. His chapter is by far the longest and he presents an enthusiastic visi
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was great if you are seeking to better understand the issues that unite and divide the Orthodox Church and Evangelicals. The rebuttals are lengthy with explanations which can become repetitive after a while (I believe this would be more compelling in spoken form), but that does not detract from the value of the knowledge. The book certainly contains an Evangelical bias, but if you keep that in mind while you are reading it, it can serve as a good intro to the ecumenical dialo ...more
G Walker
I have mixed feelings about this one... in the end though, honestly, it felt like the authors weren't talking about the same thing(s). If you want a better snap shot of Orthodoxy read Ware or Schmemann, if you want some reformed analysis read Letham or Payton. This felt more like sport despite the spirit of "ecumenism" in which it was allegedly written. Horton was true to typical form - missing only one thing - the point... Ugggggg I gave it two stars ONLY because at some level it at least intro ...more
May 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a really helpful volume. Each author presents their views well, and the interaction between them is enlightening. Required reading for anyone who is considering joining the Orthodox church, or desires greater unity with our Orthodox brethren. Michael Horton did a great job of showing how classical Reformed theology can agree with many of Orthodoxy's distinctives, while still having significant concerns.
Austin Hoffman
Apr 24, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a good introduction to the issues between evangelicalism and eastern orthodoxy, but it suffers from the typical problems of these counterpoint type books. The authors tend to talk past each other and a good deal of material is repeated.
Apr 18, 2012 added it
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A good book. Michael Horton is especially un-compelling (as usual), but the essays by Nassif and Rommen are quite worthwhile.
Josh R
Jan 22, 2008 marked it as to-read
Shelves: theology
Seems like a good read.
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