THE. ORTHODOX. WAY. Archimandrite Kallistos Ware. ST. VLADIMIR’S SEMINARY PRESS. CRESTWOOD, NY I This book is a general account of the doctrine, worship and life of Orthodox Throughout the book, Bishop Kallistos Ware shows the meaning of Orthodox. We are going to use the book, The Orthodox Way by Kallistos Ware. It?s a brilliant text that gets at the heart and essence of Orthodox Christianity. His other book.
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Return to Book Page. The Orthodox Way by Kallistos Ware. It raises the basic issues of theology: God as hidden yet revealed; the problem of evil; the nature of salvation; the meaning of faith; prayer; death and what lies beyond.
In so doing, it helps to fill the need for a modern Orthodox catechism. Yet this book is not a mere manual, a dry-as-dust repository of information. Throughout the book, Father Ware shows the meaning of Orthodox doctrine for the life of the individual Christian.
Doctrinal issues are seen not as abstract propositions for thological debate but as affecting the whole of life. A wealth of texts drawn from theologians and spiritual writers of all ages accompanies Father Ware’s presentation.
They too reveal Orthodoxy not just as a system of beliefs, practices and customs but indeed as the Way. PaperbackRevised Editionpages. Published Otthodox 1st by St.
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Lists with This Book. Aug 06, Steve rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’ve now read Ware’s The Orthodox Way three times over the last decade or so. Something going on there? Anyway, this time around a few things jumped out at me, or at least struck me as fresh and new with this reading. First, the title, which is sneaky smart. In the early days of the Church, Christianity was called “The Way. That title itself harkens to John One could almost see the title as a gentle back handed slap at other Christian “Ways.
The largely unnamed elephant in the room is of course the Roman Catholic Church. If you know anything about the Roman Catholic Church I doyou see the effective distinctions Ware makes along the way. In particular, I thought the Orthodox view of the Fall to be far more humane than the grim Augustinian view which has also colored much of Protestantism. Ware at one point comments that the approach to the sacraments has also been impacted by this view, with over definition on the part of West, reducing them particularly Confession to “mechanical” exercises.
I probably am placing too much emphasis on these distinctions though that bit about the Orthodox view of Augustine blew me awaysince this book is all about the beauty and truth of Orthodoxy, and not really about tearing down other Christian groups.
Ware has written another book, The Orthodox Churchwhich is something of a companion piece that should probably be read firstthat goes into the history of Orthodoxy. It’s a good book, a bit dry, but essential. But if you want to get more to the heart of Orthodoxy, at least as I understand it as a non-Orthodox, The Orthodox Way is a wonderful place to start.
Sep 16, Kevin Greenlee rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’ve always been an ecumenist. I believe in one holy, catholic and apostolic church, and believe that every creed professing person is a member of Christ’s Church. A few years back, however, I had a few realizations that changed the form of my ecumenism.
The first was the realization that sola scriptura, when seen in the ahistorical way many modern Evangelicals view it, is an untenable position.
Second, I realized that the sort of ecumenism I had developed bordered dangerously on consumerism. Deno I’ve always been an ecumenist.
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Denominations don’t really matter, they’re like fashion. I put on liturgy, you put on anabaptism and none of it matters substantially. I truly believe that ecumenism is good, but when it reduces to matters of taste, it becomes dangerously individualistic. These two realizations led me to the third. If I am to be a serious ecumenist, and not merely one who considers the diversity of the church merely a matter of fashion, then I need to take seriously the identity and claims of the branches of the Church.
Moreover, since I no could no longer hold to simplistic sola scriptura, I could no longer dismiss out of hand the claims of those branches of Christianity, namely the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, that depended upon the authority of tradition.
At the same time, I was also reading much Medieval Philosophy, and beginning to see the coherence of some of the views of Roman Catholicism. I had always thought that Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox believers could very well be real Christians, just as easily as any Protestant could.
However, this had always amounted to thinking they could in kalllistos of the fact that the core of what they believed matched what I believed. It was, in other words, a kind of patronizing ecumenism. They got in because, despite all their weird additions, they were in essence like me.
Yet, both these churches claim for themselves the identity of being the one true holy, catholic and apostolic Church. The rest of us might be Christians, but we are so in virtue of being, as it were, accidental members of their faith. That’s a serious claim, and I decided that if I would be qay serious ecumenist, then I should give it genuine consideration.
So, on and off for the last couple of years I have been giving Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy a serious look.
This has not, necessarily, been with an eye towards converting, and I highly doubt I will. On the one hand, there is something about the two churches I find highly aesthetically compelling. At times I feel like Protestantism looks like a sketch of Christianity, while Roman Catholicism looks like a detailed Renaissance painting and Eastern Orthodoxy like one of its Ikons, with all the colour and symbolism it brings.
Yet, there’s too much about Rome and the East that doesn’t sit easy with me, their absolute rejection of a female priesthood teh example, so that even if some of their claims kallisyos me, I’m not sure I could ever align kalliwtos with them. Still, in the end I want to seek Jesus where he may be found, and I at times I think there is something of Him in the Old High Churches that we have lost, so I continue to look at them and learn from them, and only God knows what will happen.
Researching Roman Catholicism has been relatively easy.
They have many books that easily layout their views and apologetics, including their very detailed catechism. Searching this East, however, has proved more challenging. I have long desired to find a kind of Mere Christianity of Eastern Orthodoxy, and had so far come up empty.
I was, thus, understandably excited to see The Orthodox Way in the list of extra readings for one of my classes, and quickly picked it up. I am extremely happy with the book. It is beautifully written and clearly exposits the Eastern faith not merely propositionally, but as a living faith. I find that much written here I can wholeheartedly agree with, and those things that I don’t agree with I at least find compelling.
Most of all, the book fills me once again with wonder at God’s glory and excitement about the future of my faith here on Earth, leading me in turn to fervent prayer. I have not been so wholly captivated by a work of theology since I read N. Wright’s Surprised by Hope several years ago. As I said in my long preamble, I do not expect that I will ever go over to the East, but I am deeply grateful for this book, and it certainly gives me food for thought.
If you are a Christian of any stripe, but especially one with questions about our brothers and sisters in the East, I heartily recommend a look at this book. There is much more I could say about this book, and I may indeed write more posts on it in the future weeks reflecting on what I have read within its pages. For now though, I simply want to leave you with a glowing recommendation. The peace of the Lord be always with you.
View all 5 comments. Mar 10, Donovan Richards rated it it was amazing. Burn the Heretics Whenever my grandfather discusses Greece, he mentions his singular experience in the Greek Isles. Visiting an Orthodox Church with my grandmother, an Orthodox priest graciously administered a tour of the premises. The dialogue advanced swimmingly between the parties until the priest asked if my grandparents were Orthodox.
When my grandfather admitted his Protestant roots, the priest kindly-yet-forcefully requested that my grandparents leave the church. To this day, my comprehens Burn the Heretics Whenever my grandfather discusses Greece, he mentions his singular experience in the Greek Isles.
Orthodoxy and the Western Church: While Ware explores the basic tenets of Orthodoxy in this book, I will focus on the contrasts between Orthodoxy and Western Christianity. The first distinct difference surrounds the representation of God. Whereas Western Christianity remains wary of images, fearing the worship of idols, Orthodoxy distinctly focuses on symbolism. Our theology is to a large extent symbolic.
Recognizing the ethereal mystery of God, Orthodoxy questions the assumption that humanity can reason itself to an understanding of God. By utilizing symbols and images, the Orthodox understanding of God transcends language. Second, Orthodoxy considers sin in different terms. Where Western traditions focus on compunction through a juridical lens, Orthodoxy views sin through a therapeutic lens.
While Western traditions steer toward sin as guilt in need of just punishment, Orthodoxy tends to consider sin in medical terms—a disease in need of a cure. Lastly, Orthodoxy carries a high view of the Holy Spirit.