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Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrin #02: The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine, Volume 2: The Spirit of Eastern Christendom (600-1700)


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The line that separated Eastern Christendom from Western on the medieval map is similar to the "iron curtain" of recent times. Linguistic barriers, political divisions, and liturgical differences combined to isolate the two cultures from each other. Except for such episodes as the schism between East and West or the Crusades, the development of non-Western Christendom has been largely ignored by church historians. In The Spirit of Eastern Christendom, Jaroslav Pelikan explains the divisions between Eastern and Western Christendom, and identifies and describes the development of the distinctive forms taken by Christian doctrine in its Greek, Syriac, and early Slavic expression.

"It is a pleasure to salute this masterpiece of exposition. . . . The book flows like a great river, slipping easily past landscapes of the utmost diversity—the great Christological controversies of the seventh century, the debate on icons in the eighth and ninth, attitudes to Jews, to Muslims, to the dualistic heresies of the high Middle Ages, to the post-Reformation churches of Western Europe. . . . His book succeeds in being a study of the Eastern Christian religion as a whole."—Peter Brown and Sabine MacCormack, New York Review of Books

"The second volume of Professor Pelikan's monumental work on The Christian Tradition is the most comprehensive historical treatment of Eastern Christian thought from 600 to 1700, written in recent years. . . . Pelikan's reinterpretation is a major scholarly and ecumenical event."—John Meyendorff

"Displays the same mastery of ancient and modern theological literature, the same penetrating analytical clarity and balanced presentation of conflicting contentions, that made its predecessor such an intellectual treat."—Virgina Quarterly Review

About the Author

Jaroslav Pelikan is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University.

Table of Contents


Primary Sources

Ex Oriente Lux

1. The Authority of the Fathers

The Changeless Truth of Salvation

The Norms of Traditional Doctrine

The Councils and Their Achievements

Knowing the Unknowable

2. Union and Division in Christ

Duality of Hypostases

One Incarnate Nature of God the Logos

Actions and Wills in Unison

Christ the Universal Man

3. Images of the Invisible

Images Graven and Ungraven

Images as Idols

Images as Icons

The Melody of Theology

4. The Challenge of the Latin Church

The Orthodoxy of Old Rome

The Foundation of Apostolic Polity

The Theological Origins of the Schism

The Filioque

5. The Vindication of Trinitarian Monotheism

Trinity and Shema

Evil and the God of Love

The One God—And His Prophet

The God of the Philosophers

6. The Last Flowering of Byzantine Orthodoxy

The Mystic as New Theologian

The Final Break with Western Doctrine

The Definition of Eastern Particularity

The Heir Apparent

Selected Secondary Works

Index: Biblical

Index: General

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Pelikan, Jaroslav
University of Chicago Press
Pelikan, Jaroslav
Church History
Bible - Theology - General
Christianity -- History.
Christianity - Theology - General
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Christianity - History - General
Christian Theology - General
Christianity-Church History General
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