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Superb introduction to Orthodox Christianity
on 20 November 2015
A superb introduction to Orthodox Christianity. A book that is very much written for the lay reader but that also manages to convey the deep richness of the Orthodox spiritual way. For those of us who are western, and thus unfamiliar with the Eastern Orthodox Church, the book unearths the various differences in theology and praxis between the eastern and western church, but without confusing the reader with terminology or comprehensive theology. Such differences, can be in certain respects, rather astounding and very thought provoking indeed, but without losing the essential fundamental similarities that all Christian churches/ denominations hold. Orthodoxy is a beautiful but simple form of Christianity where the church is considered a hospital for its flock as opposed to a court of law, which unfortunately can often be the perspective in western Christendom. Orthodoxy seems to offer that middle way between the sole authority of the church ( Catholicism) and the sole authority of the individual (Protestantism). Therefore the book is an essential read for those whom wish to broaden their perspectives of Christianity. A particular orthodox teaching that stands out for me is that a God of love does not create a place called Hell. Conversely, Heaven and Hell are the same place, they are being in the presence of God, and it is the person's own perspective of being in this presence that makes such an experience either Heaven or Hell...wow!