Orthodoxy

AELRED OF RIEVAULX ON LOVE AND ORDER IN THE WORLD AND THE CHURCH

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$24.95

The universe is a product of God's infinite love, according to the expansive thinking of Aelred of Rievaulx, a Cistercian abbot of the Middle Ages. Aelred sees human existence, order, and action as reflections of God's love. But Aelred knows that, although they have been created for happiness, humans are neither perfect nor happy. At the same time, however, he is sure that the flood of God's love can overwhelm people who do not reject this divine gift. Because Aelred knows that humans exist only in relationship, he searches out the social order necessary for happiness. So he explores the nature of the church as a community and the support that each social group or calling gives to the whole of existence. This study examines how Aelred sees God informing the cosmos, and the humans who inhabit it, according to the divine order and principle of love. It follows Aelred's analysis of the disordering sources of human unhappiness, which happens when humans reject God's love, and then investigates Aelred's understanding of God's re-ordering of the human condition through the gifts and graces flowing from his greatest gift: his son, Jesus.

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9780809143238
Publication Date: 
2007-01-31
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AESTHETIC FACE OF BEING

$7.95

Fr Pavel Florensky (1882-1937) was a talented figure of Russia's Silver Age, whose interests included mathematics and engineering, philosophy, theology and linguistics. Patriotic and religious, he laboured to serve his country, even under Communism, without, however, renouncing his priesthood. He was ultimately arrested, imprisoned and sentenced to death by firing squad.

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9780881411270
Publication Date: 
1992-12-31

AGES OF THE SPIRITUAL LIFE

$14.95

We are surrounded today by many spiritualities - Native American, Buddhist, Sufi, from the Kabbalah, to name a few. But how does one discern the truth in them? Paul Evdokimov's spirituality is open to God, the world and to the neighbour. It is the spirituality of the Church and is rooted in the Bible and liturgy, but entwined with everyday life, a spirituality that is truly for the life of the world.

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9780881411751
Publication Date: 
1998-02-28

ANOTHER BRUSH WITH GOD

$28.00

Introduces readers to a more advanced level in icon development, exploring more complex imagery and skills Step-by-step instructions for painting icons, from original drawings through finished product Includes eight full-color plates of the author's original icons This is the sequel to the authors previous work, A Brush with God, for advanced beginners, intermediate, and advanced iconographers. It presents greater detail and instructions for creating entirely new icons. One major feature of the new book is the full-page sketches that artists can photocopy and use as the basis of their own icons, providing a unique and much-requested resource. Chapters and topics include: Introduction and contemporary reflections on iconography, spirituality, and technique. Highlighting folds on full-length figures, including black and white renderings of draped legs, arms, and torsos. Architectural and landscape renderings in Byzantine iconography, including background shadow and highlighting techniques, plus inverse perspective. Festal icons, involving multiple figures, landscapes, architecture, furniture, vegetation, and animals. Construction of heads, figures, and analysis of whole compositions, sacred geometry and proportion.

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9780819222985
Publication Date: 
2009-09-30
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ANSELM

$24.95

St Anselm of Canterbury was one of the great Christian writers of medieval Europe and among the best theologians of any age. He is perhaps best known as the inventor of the famous ontological argument for God's existence but his theology has a much broader basis. His originality consisted not in challenging existing understanding of doctrine, but in finding new ways to reinforce and clarify the truths of faith. Parallel with Anselm's theology are the spiritual writings which balance his notion of God's justice with an understanding of the gentleness and mercy of a God who comes to meet humanity in its suffering and striving. In this study Dr Evans explores the two sides of Anselm's work demonstrating that prayer formed the foundations for the soaring structures of his reasoning.

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9780826457738
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2002-06-30
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ART OF PRAYER

$20.00

A spiritual anthology drawn from the Greek and Russian traditions, concerned in particular with the most frequently used and best loved of all Orthodox prayers--the Jesus Prayer. Texts are taken chiefly from the letters of Bishop Theopan the Recluse, along with many other writers.

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9780571191659
Publication Date: 
1997-07-30
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AT THE CORNER OF EAST & NOW

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Eastern Orthodoxy is one of North America's fastest-growing faiths, yet relatively few people understand this non-Western form of Christianity. This contemporary tour is conducted by a distinctive religious voice: a commentator for NPR's "All Things Considered".

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9781585420445
Publication Date: 
2000-09-03
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BECOMING FIRE: THROUGH THE YEAR WITH THE DESERT FATHERS AND MOTHERS

$39.95

The insights of the desert monks of the fifth and sixth centuries amaze, and startle, readers by their wisdom. Among other things, they teach that the first step in overcoming our sinfulness is an honest perception of things as they are." By arranging these "words" in short Daly readings, Tim Vivian invites modern readers to savor the monks' advice, as did those who collected these sayings, rather than dismiss them as a fascinating but irrelevant bit of history.

Tim Vivian is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at California State University, Bakersfield. He is the author of numerous books and articles on early Christian monasticism, including The Life of Antony (with Apostolos N. Athanassakis) and Words to Live By: Journeys in Ancient and Modern Egyptian Monasticism, both published by Cistercian Publications.

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ISBN/SKU: 
9780879075255
Publication Date: 
2009-01-31

BEING AS COMMUNION

$24.00

A systematic contemporary presentation of Orthodox ecclesiology. Significant chapters on Eucharist and catholicity, apostolic continuity and succession, ministry and communion, and the local church.

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9780881410297
Publication Date: 
2001-07-31

BEING WITH GOD

$25.00

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 Orthodox theologians Vladimir Lossky (1903-58) and John Zizioulas (1931-), arguably two of the most influential Orthodox theologians of the past century. Aristotle Papanikolaou shows how an ontology of divine-human communion is at the center of both Lossky's and Zizioulas's theological projects. He also shows how, for both theologians, this core belief is used as a self-identifying marker against "Western" theologies. Papanikolaou maintains, however, that Lossky and Zizioulas hold profoundly different views on how to conceptualize God as the Trinity. Their key difference is over the use of apophaticism in theology in general and especially the relation of apophaticism to the doctrine of the Trinity. For Lossky, apophaticism is the central precondition for a trinitarian theology; for Zizioulas, apophaticism has a much more restricted role in theological discourse, and the God experienced in the eucharist is not the God beyond being but the immanent life of the trinitarian God.

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9780268038311
Publication Date: 
2006-02-23

BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

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Bernard was surely one of the most important leaders of Christendom in the first half of the twelfth century. Indeed, it could be argued that, in the last half of his life, he was the most influential person in Europe. How is it that a monk dedicated to withdrawal from the world could have so much influence on the world? This book argues that Bernard could lead Europe politically, ecclesiastically, and spiritually because his life embodied so many ideals and values of his age, some of which had not crystallized until his coming.

According to the author, "Bernard's ecclesiology is comprehensive. His views of the Church and of society include a sophisticated and splendidly thorough analysis of the functions and virtues of monks, clerics, and layfolk. And he does not neglect those whose theological positions or ecclesial status put them outside of the main stream of western and Christian society."

Bernard's enthusiasm for all orders in the Church and society was matched by his confidence in the positive response of the members of each to God's invitation to perfection. Bernard was confident that a loving response to God's loving initiative will lead each person to his or her goal of happiness, no matter what order to which he or she belongs, no matter what path he or she follows.

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9780809142538

BERNARD OF CLAIVAUX ON THE LIFE OF THE M

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Eminent scholar and educator John Sommerfeldt has written a book that will be welcomed by students as well as seasoned scholars in the academic world. It is a one-volume study of all of the essential aspects of Bernard of Clairvaux's thought. A key figure in the first half of the twelfth century, Bernard offers us solutions to the epistemological question that arises as a result of our search for happiness and self-fulfillment. Bernard's epistemology is complex. He was a human devoted to the classical literary approach to reality that aims at achieving wisdom through the appreciation of beauty. He was also a "mystic," who fostered superrational ways of ascertaining reality: faith, charismatic knowledge, and contemplation. Among the many topics that Sommerfeldt explores arc mysticism, humanism, scholasticism, common sense ways of knowing, theology, philosophy, and the Abelard affair. And he emphasizes that Bernard's view of society--and the church--provides the context within which we can best understand his epistemology.

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9780809142033
Publication Date: 
2004-03-28
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BOOK OF PASTORAL RULE: ST GREGORY THE GREAT

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Recognized as the most thorough pastoral treatise of the patristic era, this sixth-century work by St Gregory the Great carefully details the duties and obligations of the clergy concerning the spiritual formation of their flock. 'Pastoral Rule has served for generations of Christian readers in East and West as a moving, comprehensive description of ministry in the Church. This new translation by George Demacopoulos-the first in English in more than fifty years-is lively and accurate, and makes this early Christian classic once again available to us all... Required reading for all pastors!'

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9780881413182
Publication Date: 
2007-08-12
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BURNING BUSH: ON THE ORTHODOX VENERATION OF THE MOTHER OF GOD

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"Translated byThomas Allan Smith" In"The Burning Bush"-- the first component of his "minor theological trilogy" -- the great Russian Orthodox theologian Sergius Bulgakov explores the place of Mary the Mother of God in Orthodox theology and devotional practice, in the process critiquing certain aspects of Roman Catholic Mariology. Drawing heavily on the Orthodox Church's liturgical texts and iconography and on his own developing Sophiology, Bulgakov offers a rich explanation of the unique, mysterious role played by the Mother of God as the realization of the human capacity for divinization."

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9780802845740
Publication Date: 
2009-03-31

BYZANTINE THEOLOGY

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For over a thousand years, Eastern Christendom had as its center the second capital of the Roman Empire-Constantinople, the New Rome, or Byzantium. The geographical division between the Eastern and Western Churches was only one manifestation of deeper rifts, characterized by a long history of conflicts, suspicions, and misunderstandings. Although the art, monasticism, and spirituality of Byzantium have come to be recognized as inspirational and influential in the shaping of Eastern European civilization, and of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance as well, the West has been in the main ignorant of the historical evolution and the doctrinal significance of Byzantine theology.Here, for the first time in English, is presented a synthesis of Byzantine Christian thought. The reader is guided through its complexities to an understanding of Byzantium: its view of man and his destiny of deification; its ability to transcend the Western captivity; its survival under quite adverse historical circumstances. In the end, he may well find himself receptive to the basic positions of Byzantine thought, which have attained, in this time of need for the reintegration of Christianity itself, a surprising, contemporary relevance.

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9780823209675
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1998-12-31
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BYZANTIUM AND THE RISE OF RUSS

$21.00

The history of Russia is often considered as it that immense country had always been an isolated continent. However, at the time of its rise as a nation, it was politically a province of the Mongol Empire, whose capital was in Central Asia; and ecclesiastically, it was a dependency of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople, of Byzantium. This book describes the role of Byzantine (predominately ecclesiastical) diplomacy in the emergence of Moscow as the capital of Russia in the fourteenth century, and the cultural, religious, and political ties which connected the Northern periphery of the Byzantine Orthodox "Commonwealth" with its center in Constantinople.

The princes of Moscow, dynastically and culturally the successors of the early medieval princes of Kiev, struggled with several competitors, particularly the Grand-Princes of Lithuania, in their attempts at "gathering the Russian lands" around themselves. Byzantium, in making Moscow the religious capital of the country, assured its eventual triumph, whereas Lithuania, and the Russian principalities which it controlled, was integrated into the powerful Roman Catholic kingdom of Poland. These events shaped the later history of Eastern Europe, and particularly the turbulent and tragic relations between Russia and Poland, Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism.

However, the last legacy of Byzantium to Russia was more spiritual than political. After 1370, the religious and monastic revival in Byzantium and the weakening of Mongol power provided a new orientation to the policies of the Orthodox Church in Russia: towards supra-national unity, spiritual and artistic achievements, and political reconciliation between principalities. That legacy remained alive in monastic circles of Moscovy, but was hardly reflected in political realities after 1500.

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9780881410792
Publication Date: 
1989-11-30

BYZANTIUM AND THE SLAVS

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The essays which comprise this book aim to identify and discuss aspects of the Byzantium heritage, whose principal beneficiaries were the Greeks, the Slavs and, most prominently, Russia. These 12 studies divide into three groups: the first is concerned with general aspects of Slavo-Byzantine relations; the second deals with the specific features of the acculturation process; and the third, which includes among others Russia's Byzantine Heritage is concerned with the contacts between Byzantium and medieval Russia.

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9780881410082
Publication Date: 
1994-06-30

CATHOLICITY AND THE CHURCH

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Fr Meyendorff affirms that one cannot "claim to be a Christian except through concrete membership in the catholic Church and through a continuous effort at manifesting the catholicity of the Church."

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9780881410068
Publication Date: 
1982-12-31

CHRIST AND THE CHURCH

$10.95

The popular notion of a "churchless Christianity" -- of peaceably praying alone with the Savior in the confines of one's own sacred space -- forces the question: "Do we need the Church, it's complicated dogmas, canons, services and the ongoing struggle to defend the faith against schism?"

In this dogmatic essay, Archbishop Gregory Afonsky expounds upon thirty years of research and teaching in the field of ecclesiology to demonstrate the divine origin of the Church and its importance in the life of a believer. Countering the sentiment that a Christian is saved independently of community, the author insists that following the footsteps of Jesus Christ entails a journey within His Body.

While the divine life of the Holy Trinity is the foundation of the Church, Archbishop Gregory argues that such a mystical basis cannot be logically defined. In order to apprehend this enigmatic reality, one must participate in the Body of Christ. By participation a believer experiences the nourishment of the Holy Spirit and shares in the Divine Life. Reasoning that the Church is the Kingdom of God in our midst, the ekklesia presupposes visibility, a presence that challenges individualism, relativism and secularism. Indeed it is a manifest bulwark that accosts the very gates of hell.

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9780881412161
Publication Date: 
2001-03-31

CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST

$15.00

Steeped in wisdom and humility, these are letters of a true contemplative and spiritual guide, able to rejoice and trust God in the face of an increasingly materialistic world, discerning in all circumstances meaning and a dimension of eternity.

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9780913836644
Publication Date: 
2001-07-31
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CHRIST THE IDEAL OF THE MONL

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This is not a book about spirituality for monks and nuns only. Columba Marmion believes that Christian discipleship means imitating Christ the Monk no matter your form of life. Christ is the sublime ideal of all holiness, the divine model presented by God himself. By faith, we accept this holiness into our lives but we can also (in fact we must) allow Christ Jesus to become what Marmion calls the very life of our souls. This powerful book explores a spirituality that is possible by examining the light of the Gospels and the writings of St. Paul and St. John, offering joy and spiritual understanding to all Christians.
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9781612615738
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2014-10-31
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CHRISTIAN EAST AND THE RISE OF

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This text explores the history of the Eastern Church, spreading from Byzantium to the Orthodox Churches of the Balkans and Russia. It also examines the native Eastern Churches of Egypt, Ethiopia, Syria, Armenia and Georgia, and in the process exposes the many factors which contributed to the Christian disunity in the Middle Ages. The book also treats the impact on the East of such movements as the revolutionary Reform Papacy, the crusades, scolasticism and concilarism.

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9780881410570
Publication Date: 
1993-12-31

CHURCHLY JOY: ORTHODOX DEVOTIONS FOR THE CHURCH YEAR

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"Translated byBoris Jakim" There are two worlds for the Christian and two lives in them: one of these lives belongs to this world of sorrow and suffering, while the other is lived in a hidden manner in the Kingdom of God, in the joyful city of heaven. All of the events, both of the Gospel and of the Church, which are celebrated at different times of the Church Year are not only remembered but are also accomplished in us, insofar as our souls touch this heavenly world. These events become for us a higher reality, a source of unceasing celebration, of perfect joy.

-- Sergius Bulgakov(from preface) This distinctive book contains spiritual orations and edifying discourses rooted in the Orthodox tradition. In"Churchly Joy"Sergius Bulgakov takes readers through the joyous mysteries of the church year as reflected in the Orthodox Church's major feasts, including celebrations of the Annunciation, the Birth of Christ, the Epiphany, the Transfiguration, the Triumphal Entry, Easter, and more."Churchly Joy"reflects Bulgakov's transcendent vision for the church and will provide spiritual growth and edification for"all"Christians."

ISBN/SKU: 
9780802848345
Publication Date: 
2008-03-17

CLOUD OF WITNESSES

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The stories of Father Arseny and his work in the Soviet prison camps have captured the minds and hearts of readers all over the world. In this second volume readers will find additional narratives about Father Arseny newly translated from the most recent Russian edition.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780881412321
Publication Date: 
2000-12-31

COMFORTER

$34.00

Sergius Bulgakov is widely considered to be the twentieth century's foremost Orthodox theologian, and his book "The Comforter" is an utterly comprehensive and profound study of the Holy Spirit.
Encyclopedic in scope, "The Comforter" explores all aspects of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, as they are viewed in the Orthodox tradition and throughout church history. The book has sections on the development of the doctrine of the Spirit in early Christianity and on the development of the doctrine of procession in the patristic and later Byzantine periods. It also touches on the place of the Holy Spirit in the Trinity and explores Old and New Testament notions of the Spirit of God. A concluding chapter deals with the mystical revelation of the Holy Spirit. Made available in English through the work of Boris Jakim, today's premier translator of Russian theology and philosophy into English, Bulgakov's "Comforter" in this edition is a major publishing event.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780802821126
Publication Date: 
2004-06-08
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