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Encounters with Orthodoxy

How Protestant Churches Can Reform Themselves Again

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Publisher:
Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date:
9/6/2013
ISBN:
9780664235901
Pages:
226
Trim Size
6 x 9
Product Type:
Paper
< p>When author and theologian John P. Burgess first travelled to Russia, he was hoping to expand his theological horizons and explore the rebirth of the Orthodox Church since the fall of Communism. But what he found changed some fundamental assumptions about his own tradition of North American Protestantism. In this book, Burgess looks to Orthodoxy to help the North American Protestant church—which has seen membership decline to below 50% of the population for the first time—find new ways to worship, teach, and spread its message. He considers Orthodox rituals, icons, the attention to saints and miracles, monastic life, and Eucharistic theology and practice. He then explores whether and how Protestants can use these elements of Orthodoxy to help revitalize the mainline church. Burgess helpfully demonstrates the ways in which Orthodoxy calls us back to what is most important in Christian faith and life.

John P. Burgess is the James Henry Snowden Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), he is the author of Why Scripture Matters: Reading the Bible in a Time of Church Crisis and After Baptism: Shaping the Christian Life, both published by WJK.


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