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« on: October 11, 2010, 12:01:54 PM »

What would you recommend? I'm especially interested in books defending the EO position against the claims of other Christian bodies presenting themselves as the one true Church (Assyrian, OO and Catholic).
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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2012, 07:56:28 AM »

Hi All,

Save me from creating a new thread with the exact subject.

What are some really helpful Orthodox Apologetic books ? Wherever I look online or in a library there is an non-orthodox but christian of course resource of apologetics.

What are some of the most helpful Christian Orthodox Apologetic books out there?.

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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2012, 10:16:26 AM »

Clark Carlson does a good job.  He used to have a podcast program on Ancient Faith Radio but I haven't visited them in a while.

Ravi Zacharias, although a Protestant from India, does a fantastic job defeating atheist claims.
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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2012, 10:53:36 AM »

You are Peter: An Orthodox Reflection on the Exercise of Papal Primacy, by Olivier Clement
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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2012, 01:15:02 PM »

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Ravi Zacharias, although a Protestant from India, does a fantastic job defeating atheist claims
I like Ravi, but he really needs to stay away from the thermodynamics stuff......it makes him look like an idiot, which he is not.

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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2012, 03:38:26 AM »

I know lots of apologetics from the early Church, but I'm assuming you're wanting something from modern times, primarily dealing with Catholics and Protestants?
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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2012, 03:46:14 AM »

Does CS lewis mere Christianity háve an orthodox entepretation view ?
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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2012, 03:47:25 AM »

How about this site?

Orthodox Apologetic Theology By professor Ivan M. Andreyev of the Holy Trinity Seminary:
http://www.holytrinitymission.org/books/english/apologetics.htm

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Religious delusions (paganism, pantheism, atheism, etc.) appear in the history of mankind just as early as other delusions (scientific, philosophic, political, etc.). We find refutations of them in profound antiquity. For instance, in the book Wisdom of Solomon, there are elements of cosmological proofs of the existence of God, and a historical refutation of the falsity of idol worship. In general, the Bible concerned itself very little with questions of proof of the existence of God since in biblical times very few doubted the existence of God. Belief in God then was so clear and strong that every doubt in His existence seemed simply lunatic or another form of psychic abnormality and irrationality.
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« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2012, 03:48:09 AM »

I know lots of apologetics from the early Church, but I'm assuming you're wanting something from modern times, primarily dealing with Catholics and Protestants?

Yes I am chasing early church father apologetics please tell me were I can get them
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« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2012, 04:29:34 AM »

I know lots of apologetics from the early Church, but I'm assuming you're wanting something from modern times, primarily dealing with Catholics and Protestants?

Yes I am chasing early church father apologetics please tell me were I can get them

Fwiw...

St. Justin Martyr - First Apology
St. Justin Martyr - Second Apology
St. Justin Martyr - Hortatory Address to the Greeks
Tatian - Address to the Greeks
St. Aristides the Philosopher - The Apology
St. Theophilus of Antioch - To Autolycos
St. Athenagoras the Apologist - A Plea For the Christians
St. Irenaeus - Against Heresies
Tertullian - The Prescription Against Heretics
Tertullian - Five Books Against Marcion
Tertullian - An Answer to the Jews
Tertullian - Against Praxeas
Tertullian - Against the Valentians
St. Clement of Alexandria - Exhortation to the Heathen
Hippolytus - Refutation of All Heresies
St. Dionysius of Rome - Against the Sabellians
Marcus Minucius Felix - Instructions In Favor of Christian Discipline
Marcus Minucius Felix - Octavius
Origen - Against Celcus
Hermias the Philosopher - Derision of Gentile Philosophers
Arnobius - Against the Heathen
St. Cyprian of Carthage - Three Books of Testimonies Against the Jews
St. Alexander of Alexandria - Deposition of Arius
Eusebius - Against Hierocles
Eusebius - Theophania
Alexander of Lycopolis - Of the Manicheans
St. Athanasius - Against the Heathen
St. Athanasius - On the Incarnation of the Word
St. Athanasius - On Luke 10:22/Matt.11:27
St. Athanasius - Encyclical Epistle to the Bishops Throughout the World
St. Athanasius - Against the Arians
St. Athanasius - Defense of the Nicene Definition
St. Athanasius - On the Opinion of Dionysius
St. Athanasius - History of the Arians
St. Athanasius - Four Discourses Against the Arians
St. Athanasius - Synodal Letter to the Antiochians
St. Athanasius - Statement of Faith
St. Basil the Great - Book on the Holy Spirit
St. Basil the Great - First Canonical Epistle
St. Basil the Great - Epistle 8
St. Basil the Great - Epistle 38
St. Ephraim the Syrian - On Our Lord
St. Ephraim the Syrian - Refutation of Mani
St. Ephraim the Syrian - Refutation of Marcion
St. Ephraim the Syrian - Refutation of Bardaisan
St. Cyril of Jerusalem - Second Epistle to Nestorius
St. Cyril of Jerusalem - Third Epistle to Nestorius
St. Cyril of Jerusalem - Epistle to John of Antioch
St. Gregory of Nyssa - Against Apollinarius
St. Gregory of Nyssa - On the Holy Spirit; Against the Followers of Macedonius
St. Gregory of Nyssa - On the Holy Trinity; And the Godhead of the Holy Spirit
St. Gregory of Nyssa - On "Not Three Gods"
St. Gregory of Nyssa - Concerning the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
St. Gregory of Nyssa - Against Eunomius
St. Gregory of Nyssa - Answer to Eunomius' Second Book
St. Gregory the Theologian - Oration 4: First Invective Against Julian the Emperor
St. Gregory the Theologian - Oration 5: Second Invective Against Julian the Emperor
St. Gregory the Theologian - Letters 101, 102, 202 and 175
St. Gregory the Theologian - Oration 27
St. Gregory the Theologian - Oration 28
St. Gregory the Theologian - Oration 29 (On the Son)
St. Gregory the Theologian - Oration 30 (On the Son)
St. Gregory the Theologian - Oration 32 (On the Holy Spirit)
St. Hilary of Poitiers - On the Trinity
St. John Chrysostom - Eight Homilies Against the Jews
St. Ambrose of Milan - Three Books on the Holy Spirit
St. Jerome - Dialogue Against the Luciferians
St. Jerome - Against John of Jerusalem (Origenism)
St. Jerome - Against the Pelagians
St. Jerome - Aganist Vigilantius
St. Jerome - Against Jovinianus
St. Augustine - On the Trinity
St. Augustine - Various Texts Against Manichaeism
St. Augustine - Various Texts Against Donatism
St. Augustine - Various Texts Against Pelagianism
St. John Cassian - Seven Books on the Incarnation of Our Lord, Against Nestorius
St. Leo the Great - The Tome to Flavian


You can find most of these texts at the following sites:
New Advent
Christian Classics Ethereal Library (also here)

Both sites have strengths and weakenesses, the most significant IMO being that CCEL has much better notes and introductory material, while New Advent is easier to read and navigate through. If you can't find a text on those sites, Google will probably bring it up somewhere.
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« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2012, 09:19:25 AM »

Thank you very much !
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« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2012, 06:10:54 PM »

Fwiw, if you're looking for something in particular I could try to narrow things down.
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« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2012, 10:15:34 PM »

St. Cyril of Jerusalem - Second Epistle to Nestorius
St. Cyril of Jerusalem - Third Epistle to Nestorius
St. Cyril of Jerusalem - Epistle to John of Antioch

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That being said, Cyril of Jerusalem does have quite a few sections defending orthodoxy against the heresies of his time in his Catechetical Lectures.
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« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2012, 11:01:36 PM »

St. Cyril of Jerusalem - Second Epistle to Nestorius
St. Cyril of Jerusalem - Third Epistle to Nestorius
St. Cyril of Jerusalem - Epistle to John of Antioch

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That being said, Cyril of Jerusalem does have quite a few sections defending orthodoxy against the heresies of his time in his Catechetical Lectures.

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« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2012, 10:47:45 PM »

Which books would you find helpful in the apologitics of the Messiah ?. I am not sure which book St Justin the Martyr has his dialogue with the Jew Trypho ?. Any chance someone can direct to me some Apologetic regarding Jesus as the Messiah?.

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« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2012, 03:36:39 PM »

I have read most of these, but haven't read them in many years, so I'm not positive of the contents anymore, and I'm not sure which ones will have exactly what you're after, if any of them do. But, fwiw, here are the places I'd start...

St. Justin Martyr - Dialogue With Trypho
Pseudo-Barnabas - Epistle of Barnabas
Tertullian - An Answer to the Jews
St. Cyprian of Carthage - Three Books of Testimonies Against the Jews (Book 1) (Book 2) (Book 3)
St. Ambrose of Milan - Letter 77: To Horontianus
St. John Chrysostom - Eight Homilies Against the Jews
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« Reply #16 on: July 09, 2012, 11:46:50 PM »

Thank you and everyone else's posts
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« Reply #17 on: July 22, 2012, 08:18:17 AM »

Are there any books from an Orthodox Christian point of regarding Christology in the Old Testament - I have come across a Messianic Jew - Known as Dr. Brown - He has written a few books focusing on such as Answering Jewish Objections To Jesus - Volume 1 to Volume 4 Has anyone read his books ?.

Are there any similar written from our Faith regarding the Messiah in the Old Testament.

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« Reply #18 on: July 22, 2012, 09:36:29 AM »

What would you recommend? I'm especially interested in books defending the EO position against the claims of other Christian bodies presenting themselves as the one true Church (Assyrian, OO and Catholic).

A book I really liked, and believed to be very informative is Common Ground: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity for the American Christian Jordan Bajis
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