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Friday, August 30, 2013

Andrew Louth on Orthodoxy

To have read anything in Eastern Orthodox theology or patristics over the last thirty years is to have encountered regularly the name of Andrew Louth, widely respected as one of the pre-eminent patrologists and historians of our time. I first came across him in one of his early works: Discerning the Mystery: An Essay on the Nature of Theology. Since that time he has written important and noteworthy books on St John Damascene: Tradition and Originality in Byzantine Theology as well as Denys the Areopagite. He has also translated the Damascene's Three Treatises on the Divine Images and written important works of Church History among numerous other studies.

This year he has published a much more "popular" treatment in his Introducing Eastern Orthodox Theology (SPCK, 2013), 208pp.

About this book we are told:
The author is a world authority on Orthodox thought. This introduction is written in lively, non-technical language for readers of all religious backgrounds. 1. Introduction: Who are the Orthodox 2. Thinking and doing, being and praying: Where do we start? 3. Who is God? The doctrine of the Holy Trinity; apophatic theology 4. Creation; Wisdom of God (Sophia); Angels and humankind 5. What went wrong? Sin and death 6. Who is Christ? The life of Christ; the Paschal mystery; Christology 7. What is it to be human? Being in the image of God; becoming God; deification. 8. Icons and Sacraments: the place of matter in the divine economy 9. Time and the Liturgy 10. Where are we going? The last things and eternal life

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