The Eastern Orthodox Church: Its Thought and Life (Anchor)

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Western European Christendom finds it difficult to comprehend the Eastern Orthodox Church because it knows little about the practice and doctrines of Orthodoxy. Even what is known is overlaid by many strata of prejudices and misunderstandings, partly political in nature. One of the obstacles has been the natural tendency to confound the ideas and customs of the Orthodox Church with familiar parallels in Roman Catholicism. To escape this tradition pitfall, Ernst Benz focuses on icon painting as a logical place to begin his examination of the Orthodox Church.

Beginning with a brilliant discussion of the importance of icons in the Eastern Church--and the far-reaching effects of icons on doctrine as well as art--Benz counteracts the confusion, explaining simply and clearly the liturgy and sacraments, dogma, constitution and law of Eastern Orthodoxy. In brief history, he describes the rise of Orthodox national churches, schismatic churches, and churches in exile; the role of monasticism and its striking differences from Roman Catholic monasticism; the missionary work of the Orthodox Church; and the influence of Orthodoxy on politics and culture.

The role of the church can be defined in terms of the image. Benz writes that the church exists so that "members may be incorporated into the image of Jesus Christ a in that individual believers are aechanged into his likeness'" as Paul writes in the second letter to the Corinthians. Thus, Orthodox theology holds up the icon as the true key to the understanding of Orthodox dogma. The Eastern Orthodox Church will be valuable to anyone interested in learning more about the church, its thought, its life, and its ideals.

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Ernst Benz (1907-1978) was one of the most distinguished contemporary German theologians and perhaps the leading Western authority on Eastern Orthodoxy. He studied classical philology and archeology at T³bingen, Berlin and Rome, and turned to the study of Protestant theology. He became professor of ecclesiastical and dogmatic history at the Philipp University at Marburg on the Lahn. He is the author of Buddhism or Communism and Theology of Electricity: On the Encounter and Explanation of Theology and Science in the 17th and 18th Centuries.

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“Ernst Benz’s book is a welcome addition to the growing library of competent expositions of the present state of Eastern Christianity. The author, who is one of the foremost experts on this subject in Germany, has chosen an original scheme.”

—Nicolas Zernov, Church History

“Benz’s study is well worth reading as an introduction to a religion little known in the West, either by Slavic scholars or by the general public.”

—Robert E. MacMaster, Slavic Review

This comprehensive book is an excellent introduction to the Eastern Orthodox Church. It is written with clarity and sympathy by one who possesses an extensive knowledge and understanding of his subject.”

—J. L. Stewardson, Journal of Bible and Religion

"This is an attractive and accessible text clearly written as an exercise in the demystification of Orthodoxy for non-Orthodox inquirers." 

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