Over the last century unprecedented numbers of Christians from traditionally Orthodox societies migrated around the world. Once seen as an ‘oriental’ or ‘eastern’ phenomenon, Orthodox Christianity is now much more widely dispersed, and in many parts of the modern world one need not go far to find an Orthodox community at worship. This collection offers a compelling overview of the Orthodox world, covering the main regional traditions of Orthodox Christianity and the ways in which they have become global. The contributors are drawn from the Orthodox community worldwide and explore a rich selection of key figures and themes. The book provides an innovative and illuminating approach to the subject, ideal for students and scholars alike.

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Part I: Orthodox Christianity Around the World

chapter 1|12 pages

The Greek tradition

ByAndrew Louth

chapter 2|26 pages

The Russian tradition Vera Shevzov

chapter 3|17 pages

The Armenian tradition

ByVrej Nersessian

chapter 4|8 pages

The Georgian tradition

chapter 5|12 pages

The Syriac tradition

ByRobert A. Kitchen

chapter 6|11 pages

The Assyrian Church of the East

ByRobert A. Kitchen

chapter 7|16 pages

The Arabic tradition

ByAlexander Treiger

chapter 8|11 pages

The Coptic tradition

ByMaged S. A. Mikhail

chapter 9|14 pages

The Ethiopian tradition

ByOsvaldo Raineri

chapter 10|11 pages

The Serbian tradition

ByVladimir Cvetkovic´

chapter 11|13 pages

The Romanian tradition Dan Ioan Mure s¸ an

chapter 13|15 pages

Orthodoxy in North America

ByDellas Oliver Herbel

chapter 14|8 pages

Orthodoxy in Australia: current and future perspectives

ByTrevor Batrouney

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chapter 15|12 pages

Mary the Theotokos (“Birth-giver of God”)

ByMary B. Cunningham

chapter 16|7 pages

Ephrem the Syrian

ByRobert A. Kitchen

chapter 17|5 pages

Macarius (Macarius-Simeon, Pseudo-Macarius)

ByMarcus Plested

chapter 18|5 pages

John Chrysostom

ByWendy Mayer

chapter 19|8 pages

Cyril of Alexandria

ByNorman Russell

chapter 20|11 pages

Dionysius the Areopagite

ByAlan Brown

chapter 21|7 pages

Babai the Great

ByRobert A. Kitchen

chapter 23|11 pages

Sinai and John Climacus

ByJonathan L. Zecher

chapter 24|7 pages

Cyril and Methodius

ByT. Allan Smith

chapter 25|10 pages

Photius of Constantinople

ByAdrian Agachi

chapter 26|8 pages


ByHidemi Takahashi

chapter 27|7 pages

Täklä Haymanot

chapter 29|7 pages

Nil Sorskii

ByT. Allan Smith

chapter 30|8 pages

Neagoe Basarab

ByAugustine Casiday

chapter 31|7 pages

Nikodemos the Haghiorite

ByNorman Russell

chapter 32|7 pages

Contemporary Athonite fathers

ByGraham Speake

chapter 33|6 pages

Elders of Optina Pustyn’

ByT. Allan Smith

chapter 35|7 pages

Sergii Bulgakov

ByPaul Gavrilyuk

chapter 36|7 pages

Dumitru St a˘ niloae

ByStefan Stroia

chapter 37|8 pages

Matta al-Miskîn

ByMaged S. A. Mikhail

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Part III: Major Themes in Orthodox Christianity

chapter 38|14 pages

Ecclesiology and ecumenism

ByPeter C. Bouteneff

chapter 39|15 pages

Orthodox canon law: the Byzantine experience

ByDavid Wagschal

chapter 40|13 pages

The doctrine of the Trinity: its history and meaning

ByAristotle Papanikolaou

chapter 41|8 pages

Orthodoxy and culture

ByJohn A. McGuckin

chapter 42|13 pages


ByPerry T. Hamalis

chapter 43|10 pages

Women in Orthodoxy Vassa Kontouma

chapter 45|13 pages

The Philokalia Vassa Kontouma

chapter 46|15 pages

From Jewish apocalypticism to Orthodox mysticism

ByBogdan G. Bucur

chapter 47|11 pages

Philosophy and Orthodoxy in Byzantium

ByTorstein Theodor Tollefsen

chapter 48|12 pages

Russian philosophy and Orthodoxy

ByChristian Gottlieb

chapter 49|13 pages

Modern Greek literature and Orthodoxy

ByDavid Ricks

chapter 50|14 pages

Russian literature and Orthodoxy: outline of main trends to 1917

ByAlexis Klimoff

chapter 51|16 pages

Music in the Orthodox Church

ByIvan Moody

chapter 52|21 pages

Orthodox Christianity and mental health

ByJohn T. Chirban

chapter 53|14 pages

Orthodox Christianity and world religions

ByGavin Flood