At the Corner of East and Now

At the Corner of East and Now

A Modern Life in Ancient Christian Orthodoxy

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A fascinating exploration of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Christianity's oldest faith, combines a light-hearted chronicle of the author's journey from hippiedom to being a pastor's wife, with an illuminating meditation on her church, its liturgy, and its tenets. 10,000 first printing.

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An exploration of the Eastern Orthodox Church combines a chronicle of the author's journey from hippiedom to being a pastor's wife and a meditation on the church, its liturgy, and its tenets

Publisher: New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, [1999]
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 9780874779875
0874779871
Branch Call Number: 281.973 MATHE
Characteristics: 279 pages ; 22 cm

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mamabadger56
Jul 18, 2015

From Appendix A, 'First Visit to an Orthodox Church':
"Is there a concise way to say something? Can extra adjectives be deleted? Can the briskest, most pointed prose be boiled down one more time to a more refined level? Then it's not Orthodox worship. If there's a longer way to say something, the Orthodox will find it. In Orthodox worship, more is always more, in every area including prayer. When the priest or deacon intones, 'Let us complete our prayer to the Lord,' expect to still be standing there fifteen minutes later."

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Jul 18, 2015

"While a theologian in the West is one who has acquired intellectual understanding of religious theory, in the East a theologian is one who has approached union with God and been flooded with light. A theologian is not one who grasps the truth but who has been grasped by the truth and transformed. This doesn't make the specifics of faith any less precise, but it makes doing theology an entirely different sort of enterprise; not cogitating but entering into illuminating union with God. While in the West an artificial division between head and heart resulted in a separation of theology from personal transformation, in Orthodoxy they remain united."

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Jul 18, 2015

"The question is, what is the Church? Orthodox claim that what the early Church did, and the Church of subsequent centuries preserved, is what the Holy Spirit guided Christians to do and what God intends. For those who think of Orthodoxy as merely another denomination, however, and not the continuation of the ancient Church, this argument is maddeningly circular: 'It's right because it's what we do.' "

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Jul 18, 2015

This is an introduction to Orthodox Christianity from a personal perspective, that of a convert to the religion who is now the wife of a priest. Her approach does not shy away from either candid expressions of devotion, or from exploring the funny side of being Orthodox and the sharp contrast between the ancient faith and the modern world she lives in. It does not go into great depth, but may be enough to give people unfamiliar with the religion an approximate idea of Orthodoxy's approach and world view, and a taste of life as a practicing Orthodox Christian living where the religion is a small and unacknowledged minority. The appendix, which is a brief preparation for those attending an Orthodox service for the first time, is helpful, and has been reprinted as a pamphlet which churches distribute to non-Orthodox visitors.

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