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Orthodox Christianity in Imperial Russia: A Source Book on Lived Religion

by Heather Coleman Indiana University Press (September 03, 2014)

From sermons and clerical reports to personal stories of faith, this book of translated primary documents reveals the lived experience of Orthodox Christianity in 19th- and early 20th-century Russia. These documents...


René Girard and Creative Reconciliation

by Thomas Ryba, Leonhard Praeg, Nadia Delicata & Jon Pahl et al. Lexington Books (January 09, 2014)

The contribution of this book to the field of reconciliation is both theoretical and practical, recognizing that good theory guides effective practice and practice is the ground for compelling theory. Using...


The Way of a Pilgrim

by Nina A Toumanova Dover Publications (February 10, 2012)

This classic of spirituality recounts a peasant's attempts to follow St. Paul's advice to "pray without ceasing," offering profound theological and philosophical observations and a portrait of 19th-century Russian...


Eastern Orthodoxy in a Global Age: Tradition Faces the 21st Century

by Victor Roudometof, Alexander Agadjanian & Jerry Pankhurst AltaMira Press (June 28, 2005)

Despite over 200 million adherents, Eastern Orthodox Christianity attracts little scholarly attention. While more-covered religions emerge as powerful transnational forces, Eastern Orthodoxy appears doggedly...


Tradition Alive: On the Church and the Christian Life in Our Time

by Michael Plekon & John H. Erickson Sheed & Ward (October 22, 2003)

A collection of essays highlighting not only the vibrant tradition of 20th century Eastern Orthodox thought, but also the necessity of its inclusion in the theological canon constructed mainly by Western Christian...


Deification through the Cross

by Khaled Anatolios Eerdmans (November 03, 2020)

A unified soteriology for the whole church 

It is commonly claimed that Western Christianity teaches salvation as deliverance from sin through Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross, while Eastern Christianity teaches...


Early Religious Writings, 1903-1909

by Pavel Florensky & Boris Jakim Eerdmans (June 22, 2017)

Profound writings by one of the twentieth century's greatest polymaths

"Perhaps the most remarkable person devoured by the Gulag" is how Alexandr Solzhenitsyn described Pavel Florensky, a Russian Orthodox mathematician,...


Early Religious Writings, 1903-1909

by Pavel Florensky & Boris Jakim Eerdmans (June 22, 2017)

Profound writings by one of the twentieth century's greatest polymaths

"Perhaps the most remarkable person devoured by the Gulag" is how Alexandr Solzhenitsyn described Pavel Florensky, a Russian Orthodox mathematician,...


Practices of the Self and Spiritual Practices

by Sergey S. Horujy, Boris Jakim & Kristina Stoeckl Eerdmans (March 03, 2015)

In this book Sergey Horujy undertakes a novel comparative analysis of Foucault?s theory of practices of the self and the Eastern Orthodox ascetical tradition of Hesychasm, revealing great affinity between these...


Practices of the Self and Spiritual Practices

by Sergey S. Horujy, Boris Jakim & Kristina Stoeckl Eerdmans (March 03, 2015)

In this book Sergey Horujy undertakes a novel comparative analysis of Foucault?s theory of practices of the self and the Eastern Orthodox ascetical tradition of Hesychasm, revealing great affinity between these...


My Religion

by Leo Tolstoy, Bob Souer & Huntington Smith Blackstone Publishing (June 07, 2016)

In My Religion, Leo Tolstoy accuses the church of hiding the true meaning of Jesus, which is to be found in the Sermon on the Mount and the call to resist evil. For Tolstoy, it is this command which has been...


Orthodox and Roman Catholic Christianity

by Jean Porter, Ben Kingsley, Walter Harrelson & Mike Hassell et al. Knowledge Products (February 16, 2006)

Christianity arose within the social and spiritual dislocation of the Roman Empire. Jesus, perceived by authorities as a threat to public stability, was executed in about 30 CE; his crucifixion and belief in...


The Transfigured Kingdom

by Ernest A. Zitser Cornell University Press (May 16, 2017)

In this richly comparative analysis of late Muscovite and early Imperial court culture, Ernest A. Zitser provides a corrective to the secular bias of the scholarly literature about the reforms of Peter the Great....


The Life and Thought of Filaret Drozdov, 1782–1867

by Nicholas S. Racheotes Lexington Books (October 25, 2018)

The Life and Thought of Filaret Drozdov, 1782–1867: The Thorny Path to Sainthood is an intellectual biography of the foremost historical figure in the religious world of nineteenth-century Russia. The product...


Christianity and Monasticism in Northern Egypt

by Gawdat Gabra & Hany N. Takla The American University in Cairo Press (August 31, 2017)

Christianity and monasticism have long flourished in the northern part of Upper Egypt and in the Nile Delta, from Beni Suef to the Mediterranean coast. The contributors to this volume, international specialists...


Christianity and Monasticism in Middle Egypt

by Gawdat Gabra & Hany Takla The American University in Cairo Press (November 20, 2015)

Christianity and monasticism have long flourished along the Nile in Middle Egypt, the region stretching from al-Bahnasa (Oxyrhynchus) to Dayr al-Ganadla. The contributors to this volume, international specialists...


Christianity and Monasticism in Aswan and Nubia

by Gawdat Gabra & Hani Takla The American University in Cairo Press (April 01, 2013)

Christianity and monasticism have flourished along the Nile Valley in the Aswan region of Upper Egypt and in what was once Nubia, from as early as the fourth century until the present day. The contributors to...


Russian Peasant Women Who Refused to Marry

by John Bushnell Indiana University Press (June 06, 2017)

John Bushnell’s analysis of previously unstudied church records and provincial archives reveals surprising marriage patterns in Russian peasant villages in the 18th and 19th centuries. For some villages the...


Praying with the Senses

by Sonja Luehrmann Indiana University Press (December 15, 2017)

How do people experience spirituality through what they see, hear, touch, and smell? Sonja Luehrmann and an international group of scholars assess how sensory experience shapes prayer and ritual practice among...


Spiritual Breath

by Konstantin Serebrov, Gouri Gozalov & Robin Winckel-Mellish Serebrov Boeken (November 29, 2017)

The Kriya technique is one of the most important inner techniques on the spiritual Path, as it is one of few techniques that leads the practitioner firmly towards enlightenment. It also has another quality:...


Life and Teaching of  Saint  Seraphim of Sarov

by Nicolas Puretzki, Monastery of Sarov & Convent Portaitissa Gozalov Books (November 21, 2017)

The story about the life of Saint Seraphim of Sarov1, the miracle-worker, was first printed by the Monastery of Sarov in 1893. It was then re-written by N. Puretzki and published by the printer I. D. Sytin in...


Paulos Mar Gregorios

by K. M. George Fortress Press (November 01, 2017)

Paulos Mar Greogorios: A Reader is a compilation of the selected writings of Paulos Mar Gregorios, a metropolitan of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church of India and a former President of the World Council...


Energy in Orthodox Theology and Physics: From Controversy to Encounter

by Stoyan Tanev & David Bradshaw Pickwick Publications (August 29, 2017)

It is well known that energy is a fundamental concept in physics. Much less well known is that it is also a key concept in Eastern Christian or Orthodox theology. This book from Dr. Stoyan Tanev--a physicist,...


Being the Church: An Eastern Orthodox Understanding of Church Growth

by Edward Rommen Cascade Books (July 18, 2017)

If the divine liturgy really is as beautiful as we claim, wouldn't more people attend? Wouldn't the church grow?  Driven by our desire for growth, we count, we analyze, we make charts, and we strategize, but...


Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration

by Bruce V. Foltz, John Chryssavgis, Bill McKibben & Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Fordham University Press (June 03, 2013)

Can Orthodox Christianity offer spiritual resources uniquely suited to the environmental concerns of today? This book makes the case emphatically that it can indeed. In addition to being the first substantial...


Orthodox Constructions of the West

by George E. Demacopoulos & Aristotle Papanikolaou Fordham University Press (September 02, 2013)

The category of the “West” has played a particularly significant role in the modern Eastern Orthodox imagination. It has functioned as an absolute marker of difference from what is considered to be the essence...


Dialogue of Love: Breaking the Silence of Centuries

by John Chryssavgis Fordham University Press (April 15, 2014)

In 1964, a little noticed, albeit pioneering encounter in the Holy Land between the heads of the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church spawned numerous contacts and diverse openings between the two "sister...


Desperate Magic

by Valerie A. Kivelson Cornell University Press

In the courtrooms of seventeenth-century Russia, the great majority of those accused of witchcraft were male, in sharp contrast to the profile of accused witches across Catholic and Protestant Europe in the...


The Church of Greece under Axis Occupation

by Panteleymon Anastasakis Fordham University Press (December 15, 2014)

This study examines the response of the Greek clergy to the experience of enemy occupation during World War II. In particular, it evaluates how these men reacted to Axis brutality, the nationwide famine, the...


Orthodox Christian Perspectives on War

by Perry T. Hamalis & Valerie A. Karras University of Notre Dame Press (December 15, 2017)

Many regions of the world whose histories include war and violent conflict have or once had strong ties to Orthodox Christianity. Yet policy makers, religious leaders, and scholars often neglect Orthodoxy’s...


Icons and the Liturgy, East and West

by Nicholas Denysenko University of Notre Dame Press (November 15, 2017)

Icons and the Liturgy, East and West: History, Theology, and Culture is a collection of nine essays developed from papers presented at the 2013 Huffington Ecumenical Institute’s symposium “Icons and Images,”...


Theology and Form

by Nicholas Denysenko University of Notre Dame Press (May 30, 2017)

How do space and architecture shape liturgical celebrations within a parish? In Theology and Form: Contemporary Orthodox Architecture in America, Nicholas Denysenko profiles seven contemporary Eastern Orthodox...


Five Models of Spiritual Direction in the Early Church

by George E. Demacopoulos University of Notre Dame Press (November 15, 2006)

In late antiquity the rising number of ascetics who joined the priesthood faced a pastoral dilemma. Should they follow a traditional, demonstrably administrative, approach to pastoral care, emphasizing doctrinal...


Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Critical Appropriation of Russian Religious Thought

by Jennifer Newsome Martin University of Notre Dame Press (September 15, 2015)

In Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Critical Appropriation of Russian Religious Thought, Jennifer Newsome Martin offers the first systematic treatment and evaluation of the Swiss Catholic theologian's complex...


Eastern Orthodox Christianity and American Higher Education: Theological, Historical, and Contemporary Reflections

by Ann Mitsakos Bezzerides & Elizabeth H. Prodromou University of Notre Dame Press (January 15, 2017)

Over the last two decades, the American academy has engaged in a wide-ranging discourse on faith and learning, religion and higher education, and Christianity and the academy. Eastern Orthodox Christians, however,...


Being With God: Trinity, Apophaticism, and Divine-Human Communion

by Aristotle Papanikolaou University of Notre Dame Press (February 24, 2006)

The central task of Being With God is an analysis of the relation between apophaticism, trinitarian theology, and divine-human communion through a critical comparison of the trinitarian theologies of the Eastern...


The Mystical as Political

by Aristotle Papanikolaou University of Notre Dame Press (October 30, 2012)

Theosis, or the principle of divine-human communion, sparks the theological imagination of Orthodox Christians and has been historically important to questions of political theology. In The Mystical as Political:...


A Philosophy of the Unsayable

by William P. Franke University of Notre Dame Press (March 30, 2014)

In A Philosophy of the Unsayable, William Franke argues that the encounter with what exceeds speech has become the crucial philosophical issue of our time. He proposes an original philosophy pivoting on analysis...


The Church of the Holy Spirit

by Nicholas Afanasiev, Vitaly Permiakov & Michael Plekon University of Notre Dame Press (November 15, 2007)

The Church of the Holy Spirit, written by Russian priest and scholar Nicholas Afanasiev (1893-1966), is one of the most important works of twentieth-century Orthodox theology. Afanasiev was a member of the "Paris...


Ivan Sergeevich Gagarin: The Search for Orthodox and Catholic Union

by Jeffrey Bruce Beshoner University of Notre Dame Press (May 10, 2002)

Ivan Sergeevich Gagarin analyzes questions of nationality and religious identity in nineteenth-century Russian history as reflected in the life of Jesuit priest Ivan Gagarin. A descendent of one of Russia's...


Digital Orthodoxy in the Post-Soviet World: The Russian Orthodox Church and Web 2.0

by Mikhail Suslov Ibidem Press (May 31, 2016)

This volume explores the relationship between new media and religion, focusing on the digital era’s impact on the Russian Orthodox Church. A believer may now enter a virtual chapel, light a candle through...


Deified Person: A Study of Deification in Relation to Person and Christian Becoming

by Nicholas Bamford UPA (December 16, 2011)

Deified Person: A Study of Deification in Relation to Person and Christian Becoming focuses on a theological exploration of “person” through the notion of deification and is placed within a Christian Orthodox–Byzantine...


The Polish Orthodox Church in the Twentieth Century and Beyond: Prisoner of History

by Edward D. Wynot Jr. Lexington Books (December 05, 2014)

This book portrays the changing fortunes of the Polish Orthodox Church as it responds to the different Polish governments. Simultaneously, it illuminates the complex relationship among the state, the Orthodox...


The Impassioned Life: Reason and Emotion in the Christian Tradition

by Samuel M. Powell Fortress Press (January 01, 2016)

Samuel M. Powell is professor of philosophy and religion at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. He is author of Discovering Our Christian Faith (2008), A Theology of Christian Spirituality...


Facing East

by Frederica Mathewes-Green HarperOne (January 05, 2016)

The Classic Story of a Family's Pilgrimage

into the Orthodox Church

Veiled in the smoke of incense, the Eastern Orthodox Church has long been an enigma to the Western world. Yet, as Frederica Mathewes-Green discovered,...