Christ is risen!
God willing, the fall semester this year will be my last semester of undergrad, and I'll graduate with a B.A. in religious studies. As part of the major requirements, I am supposed to take a seminar in religion, where I basically get to work with an advisor on a project of my choice and present it before the faculty or something like that. I've been thinking of how to do something related to Orthodoxy, and I thought that, to help me get ideas, and for my own edification, it would probably be good if I went to the university library and took out a few books on Orthodox theology; I figure I might find something that particularly interests me. If not, at least I will have learned a good deal.
While I was in the library, I found a book that wasn't there the last time I was there, which was only a few weeks ago. It's written by Donald Fairbairn, and it's called Eastern Orthodoxy Through Western Eyes
. I haven't had much time to leaf through it, but it seems to take a look at Orthodox belief and how it compares to Protestantism. If you look at the table of contents, it looks like it could be any intro level book on Orthodoxy written by a Protestant looking in, a Protestant who seems to have been a missionary in Orthodox Eastern Europe. There is a decent bibliography for readers who want to read more, and the notes to the text refer often to books and authors I've been recommended, so that much seems solid. Even leafing through the body of the text, it seems like a good intro to Orthodoxy and how it is similar and how it differs from Western Christianity, specifically Protestantism.
But there is an appendix at the end for "Christian Workers in the East" which, from one quick glance, looks like it is offering advice to Protestant missionaries on how to spread their message to Orthodox people. I don't like that, and I'm wondering if it's just the appendix, or the whole book has that sort of thing running through it.
Has anyone read the book? Could anyone offer their thoughts on it? Or maybe people here would like to read it?
Here's the Amazon page for it: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0664224970/qid=1052880536/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_1/102-5976214-6825714?v=glance&s=books&n=507846