Professor Patsavos' approach reflects the very essence and nature of the Canonical Tradition of the Orthodox Church; namely, that the canons are of a spiritual and pastoral dimension, striving for the salvation of the souls of God's people. This insightful book is accompanied by an index that classifies the Holy Canons for easy reference.
"The quest for eternal salvation lies at the very heart of the Orthodox Canonical Tradition. This book's chief aim is to elucidate the fundamentals of the Canonical Tradition by raising the spirit of the law to the surface of our ecclesial consciousness and, by so doing, to communicate the essence of a law which is written not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts (2 Cor. 3:3). -Archbishop Demetrios of America
Lewis J. Patsavos is Professor of Canon Law and Director of Field Education at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA. He is the author of "The Entry into the Clergy during the First Five Centuries" (Athens); "Primacy and Conciliarity" (Holy Cross Orthodox Press) and numerous articles.