Saturday, May 31, 2008

Most Favorite Orthodox Reading

I've been asked to recommend some reading for those interested in becoming better acquainted with Eastern Orthodoxy. Here are the books I recommend:

Bishop Kallistos Ware The Orthodox Way. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press (SVS)
Alexander Schmemann Great Lent: Journey to Pascha. SVS Press
Alexander Schmemann For the Life of the World SVS Press (a classic!)
Vladimir Lossky Orthodox Theology SVS Press
Vladimir Lossky The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church SVS Press
Jaroslav Pelikan The Spirit of Eastern Christendom (600-1700) U of Chicago
David Bradshaw Aristotle East and West: Metaphysics and the Division of the Church Cambridge University Press

Also, I regard each of these as essential read for those seeking to understand Orthodoxy:

St. Athanasius On the Incarnation SVS Press
St. Basil the Great On the Holy Spirit SVS Press
St. John Chrysostom On the Priesthood SVS Press
St. John of Damascus On the Divine Images SVS Press
St. Theodore the Studite On the Holy Icons SVS Press

I have also posted various related writings at Just Genesis. Here are a few of those:

St. Basil's homilies on the Six Days of Creation (one a day) begin here:

Fr. Seraphim Rose on Genesis is here:

St. Ephrem the Syrian is here:

St. John Chrysostom is here:

and here:

St. Augustine is here:

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