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The readable, deeply authoritative and bestselling book on the Orthodox Church, in a fully updated and revised Third Edition.

'Orthodoxy claims to be universal . . .'
     Since its first publication fifty years ago, Timothy Ware's book has become established throughout the English-speaking world as the standard introduction to the Orthodox Church. Orthodoxy continues to be a subject of enormous interest among western Christians, and the author believes that an understanding of its standpoint is necessary before the Roman Catholic and Protestant Churches can be reunited. In this revised and updated edition he explains the Orthodox views on such widely ranging matters as Ecumenical Councils, Sacraments, Free Will, Purgatory, the Papacy and the relation between the different Orthodox Churches.

TIMOTHY WARE, His Excellency the Most Reverend Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia, was Spalding Lecturer of Eastern Orthodox Studies at Oxford University until his retirement in 2001.

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  • PDF | 368 pages
  • Penguin Books; 3rd Revised edition (October 6, 2015)
  • English
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  • By Carter Keithley on July 29, 2017

    This overview of the Orthodox Church is extremely accessible and provides a thorough explanation of the Tradition and the richness of Orthodox faith. For lay members of the "western" churches, this book pulls back the veil of mystery, and the final chapter describes in wonderful detail the opportunities and obstacles for reunification of all our traditions into "one holy, catholic and apostolic Church."

  • By KSD on May 30, 2016

    If you are wondering about the Eastern Orthodox Church, this is THE book for you.It explains the history and dogma of this very interesting, to me, religion.The Orthodox Church is not Roman Catholicism without the Pope.This well written book explains that in great detail.I feel enlightened.Thanks.

  • By Vulnavia Phibes on June 1, 2015

    Heavy reading and overly detailed in places, but an excellent introduction to the Orthodox Church. I am a disillusioned evangelical protestant who is looking for something "more". This book has ignited a spark in me, so I will next be reading "The Orthodox Way" by the same author. I can't wait to visit an Orthodox Church. Problem is, there is not an Orthodox church for several hundred miles from where I live. I may have to take a road trip...

  • By Stanislav Miskovic on July 23, 2016

    Nice book providing an overview of history, organization and founding beliefs of the Christian Orthodoxy. It's well written and easy to read. Also, the book is structured in a way that you can simply read only the topics that are of interest to you. I would recommend it to anyone inside and outside of the Orthodox church as a brief reference book. Also, if you already have previous edition and you're not especially interested in a brief overview of historical developments in past 20 years, there is no need to buy this new edition.

  • By Mr Joseph Easley on March 7, 2014

    This is a good survey of the faith, history and development of Eastern Christianity as it took shape among the Orthodox. It covers the early developments in Christianity through its first 8 centuries of common development and the 7 Ecumenical Councils recognized by most Christians (East and West, Catholic and Protestant) that settled basic doctrinal controversies in the Christian faith. About half the book traces the history of the Church, the East/West split, and the spread of the Orthodox faith beyond its historic centers in the eastern Mediterranean to the Balkan peninsula, eastern Europe, Russian and beyond down to shortly after the breakup of the Soviet Union. It introduces many key figures who are largely unknown in the western Church. I discusses key doctrinal emphasis and practices in Orthodox Christianity and gives a sense of the more "right-brained" approach to these in the East. The Eastern approach to worship and its key elements is well covered. It written in a readable style from the perspective of an "insider" for the benefit of those who are not, as well as laity who want to know more about their own tradition. It is a good introduction for college-level study or persons interested in religion.

  • By Chungsoo Lee on September 11, 2014

    Great Intro to the Orthodox Church and the history, both doctrinal and historical. The essence of Orthodoxy is captured in a well written and lucid text. The spirituality of the author and of the Church/Tradition/Saints spills out from many of the pages. Bishop Ware is both intellectual and spiritual, a rare combination--perhaps more rare in the West than in the East (Orthodox Church). The book is also a wonderful window into the more than a 1000 year old Byzantine Christian Empire and civilization.

  • By Dutch on October 15, 2015

    A good historical primer, recommended by our local pastor. The pastor read an earlier edition at seminary, and recalled that there was good background for a convert like me. I suspect some of the numbers from the first chapter are dated, but the picture painted throughout the book is of a vibrant faith. Orthodox Christianity is reflected here as steeped in tradition, with very powerful theology behind the tradition.

  • By Donner C. S. Tan on February 3, 2009

    I echo the sentiment of many readers that this must be the best intro to Eastern Orthodoxy to date - its history and beliefs - in an honest, even-handed and concise one-volume work, striking a delicate balance between depth and breadth for people new to this fascinating branch of Christianity.While this book makes for insightful and enjoyable reading, one cannot help but feel the pain for what the Body of Christ had to be dragged through over fine points of doctrines and nuances in terminology(eg monophysitism, the filioque clause, etc )and personal viewpoints (Possessors vs Non-possessors). When the contention for political power and control entered the mix, it became an even sorrier mess. Ironically, the Eastern Christians received a relatively more humane treatment from the Islamic powers that be during the Turkish rule than brothers of their own kind when they disagreed. Alexander Solzenitsyn must take the cake for his poignant remark that 'the line between good and evil runs right through the middle of each of us,...that deep within even the best of men, there is still a small corner of evil.'Still, Kallistos Ware offers a glimmer of hope when he points to promising signs of reconciliation in recent dialogues with the non-Chalcedonian brothers, the Catholic Church and the Anglicans. This is the sort of movement that the world longs to see - a visible, concrete manifestation of Christian charity among Christ's followers. Reading this book is itself a good start in reclaiming our common heritage, owning both the good and bad chapters of our common history and embracing a faith that allows for a rich diversity of faith languages and expressions and recognising that at the foot of the cross, we are all sinners in need of grace.


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