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Byzantine Theology: Historical Trends and Doctrinal Themes by John Meyendorff

By John Meyendorff

For over one thousand years, japanese Christendom had as its heart the second one capital of the Roman Empire-Constantinople, the hot Rome, or Byzantium. The geographical department among the jap and Western church buildings used to be just one manifestation of deeper rifts, characterised via a protracted heritage of conflicts, suspicions, and misunderstandings. even though the paintings, monasticism, and spirituality of Byzantium have end up well-known as inspirational and influential within the shaping of japanese eu civilization, and of the center a long time and the Renaissance in addition, the West has been frequently unaware of the historic evolution and the doctrinal value of Byzantine theology. the following, for the 1st time in English, is gifted a synthesis of Byzantine Christian idea. The reader is guided via its complexities to an knowing of Byzantium: its view of guy and his future of deification; its skill to go beyond the Western captivity; its survival lower than particularly hostile ancient conditions. after all, he may possibly locate himself receptive to the elemental positions of Byzantine suggestion, that have attained, during this time of want for the reintegration of Christianity itself, a shocking, modern relevance.

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Paul himself. Allegory was, first of all, consonant with the Hellenic, and especially the Platonic, concern for eternal things as opposed to historical facts. The Greek intellectual's main difficulty in accepting Christianity often lay in the absence of direct speculation on the Unchangeable, since his philosophical training had led him to associate changeability with unreality. The allegorical method, however, allowed the possibility of interpreting all concrete, changeable facts as symbols of unchangeable realities.

Page iii Byzantine Theology Historical Trends and Doctrinal Themes John Meyendorff Fordham University Press New York Page iv © Copyright 1974, 1979 by Fordham University Press All rights reserved. LC 72-94167 ISBN 0-8232-0967-9 Printed in the United States of America Reprinted from the revised second edition of 1983 7 9 10 8 Meyendorff, John, 1926- Byzantine theology.  Title. M47 1983ISBN 0-8232-0967-9 Page v CONTENTS Preface to the Second Edition vii Introduction: The Character and the Sources of Theology in Byzantium 1 I Historical Trends 1 Byzantine Theology After Chalcedon 19 2 The Christological Issue 32 3 The Iconoclastic Crisis 42 4 Monks and Humanists 54 5 Monastic Theology 66 6 Ecclesiology: Canonical Sources 79 7 The Schism Between East and West 91 8 Encounter with the West 103 9 Lex Orandi 115 II Doctrinal Themes 10 Creation 129 11 Man 138 12 Jesus Christ 151 13 The Holy Spirit 168 14 The Triune God 180 15 Sacramental Theology: The Cycle of Life 191 16 The Eucharist 201 17 The Church in the World 212 Conclusion: Antinomies 224 Bibliography 229 Index 239 Page vii PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION The publication of a new edition of this book has given the author an opportunity to correct minor inaccuracies and to add several bibliographical references.

Title. M47 1983ISBN 0-8232-0967-9 Page v CONTENTS Preface to the Second Edition vii Introduction: The Character and the Sources of Theology in Byzantium 1 I Historical Trends 1 Byzantine Theology After Chalcedon 19 2 The Christological Issue 32 3 The Iconoclastic Crisis 42 4 Monks and Humanists 54 5 Monastic Theology 66 6 Ecclesiology: Canonical Sources 79 7 The Schism Between East and West 91 8 Encounter with the West 103 9 Lex Orandi 115 II Doctrinal Themes 10 Creation 129 11 Man 138 12 Jesus Christ 151 13 The Holy Spirit 168 14 The Triune God 180 15 Sacramental Theology: The Cycle of Life 191 16 The Eucharist 201 17 The Church in the World 212 Conclusion: Antinomies 224 Bibliography 229 Index 239 Page vii PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION The publication of a new edition of this book has given the author an opportunity to correct minor inaccuracies and to add several bibliographical references.

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