At the Corner of East and Now
A Modern Life in Ancient Christian OrthodoxyBook - 1999
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.
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
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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."
"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."
"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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