Within these pages a younger generation of Orthodox scholars in America takes up the perennial task of transmitting the meaning of Christianity to a particular time and culture. This collection of twelve essays, as the title “Thinking Through Faith” implies, is the result of six years of reflective conversation and collaboration regarding core beliefs of the Orthodox faith, tenets that the authors present from fresh perspectives that appeal to reason and spiritual sensibilities alike.
About the Editors: Aristotle Papanikolaou is an Associate Professor of Theology and Co-Founding Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Program at Fordham University. Elizabeth H. Prodromou is Assistant Professor of International Relations, and a Research Associate of the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs at Boston University.
The titles of the essays are:
- The Kingdom of God: Paul and the Apostle's Perilous Proclamation
- The Foundations of Noetic Prayer
- What Are We Doing Talking About God? The Discipline of Theology
- Understanding Pastoral Care in the Early Church
- Orthodox Theologies of Women and Ordained Ministry
- Reading the Lives of the Saints
- The Meaning and Place of Death in an Orthodox Ethical Framework
- Honest to God: Confession and Desire
- International Religious Freedom and the Challenge of Proselytism
- Four Types of "Orthopraxy" among Orthodox Christians in America
- Byzantine Liturgy as God's Family at Prayer
- Learning About Ourselves: A Snapshot of the Orthodox Church in the Twenty-first Century.
Thinking Through Faith
This is an impressive and exciting book, adventurous in spirit, that has opened my mind to many new possibilities. It is particularly encouraging that the contributors belong to the younger generation of Orthodox scholars: they are proof that the future of Orthodox thinking in the West is in good hands. We Orthodox like to speak of ourselves as the Church of Holy Tradition: this book shows exactly how Tradition can and should be both living and creative.