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Friday, August 10, 2012

The Mystery of the Church

As someone who has had a few things to say about Orthodox ecclesiology in my Orthodoxy and the Roman Papacy: Ut Unum Sint and the Prospects of East-West UnityI was delighted to receive recently from St. Vladimir's Seminary Press the translation of Boris Bobrinskoy's recent book, The Mystery of the Church: A Course in Orthodox Dogmatic Theology, trans. Michael Breck (SVS Press, 2012), 292pp. 

About this book the publisher tells us: 
In this sweeping survey the author traces the Church?s history from her Old Testament roots to the present. In his enduring devotion to the Orthodox understanding of the work of Christ and the Holy Spirit as "the two hands of the Father," Fr Bobrinskoy brings his considerable knowledge and experience to bear in witnessing to the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church as the instrument of God's saving grace for all mankind. In this work, Fr Bobrinskoy has achieved an uncommon balance of exacting scholarship, spiritual depth, and accessibility from which readers at every level are bound to reap great benefit. Fr Boris Bobrinskoy, one of the towering figures of 20th-century Orthodox theology, recently retired from St Sergius Institute in Paris, the Institut Supérieur des Etudes Oecuméniques, and as rector of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Paris. Michael Breck is a translator and publisher focused on theological texts. He resides near Charleston, SC, where he directs a collaborative publishing venture. 
Bobrinskoy has written several other books, including what I regard as one of the best recent treatments of Trinitarian theology:  The Mystery of the Trinity: Trinitarian Experience and Vision in the Biblical and Patristic Tradition. We are having his ecclesiology book reviewed in Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, the oldest scholarly revue of its kind in North America which, in every issue, easily manages to review more books in Eastern Christianity than the next half-dozen comparable journals combined. If you are not subscribing, you may rectify this immediately here

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