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« on: September 18, 2012, 02:11:49 PM »

Hello:

My wife is Roman Catholic and I am an Eastern Orthodox Christian.  She is starting to ask me questions about Orthodoxy and would like to get a book that is as unbiased as possible regarding the differences in our respective churches and the history involved.  If any of you could suggest something I would be most appreciative.

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« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2012, 02:53:06 PM »

What is non-biased?  If something you read doesn't comply with what the Catholic Church teaches, the Catholics will say it is anti-Cathoilc or biased against them.  If it is against the Orthodox faith, the Orthodox will say it is biased against them.

It is really hard to weed out the polemics from actual theology, given that there has been a long history of just proving the other guy wrong from both sides.  One book I read, "The Primacy of Peter" which is a compilation of 5 Essays on the subject and compiled by John Meyendorff (he also penned one of the essays) did point to that fact that the problem with the question on Peter's (and the Pope's) primacy is that both sides have resorted to polemics for such a long time that the Catholics would interpret anything and everything remotely related to Papal Authority to mean just that, and the Orthodox would distance themselves to anything that can even be remotely attributed to Papal Authority, to the point that some would even deny that Peter himself had any type of leadership role within the Apostles.

I guess the best way is to have her read books which focuses on Orthodox spirituality without having the jabs some authors take against Western or Roman Catholic spirituality.  The worst thing for anyone really is to read something that tells them what they have believed all along is wrong.
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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2012, 03:49:38 PM »

Non-biased?

Not Fortescue

Not Fr. Romanides

Perhaps Fr. Lossky?
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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2012, 04:07:14 PM »

Perhaps Olivier Clément?
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« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2012, 04:12:15 PM »

Perhaps Olivier Clément?

He'd get my vote.  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2012, 08:43:49 AM »

Non-biased?

Not Fortescue

Not Fr. Romanides

Perhaps Fr. Lossky?

Could you recommend a book by Fr. Lossky?   Thanks.

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« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2012, 08:45:41 AM »

Perhaps Olivier Clément?

Do you have a particular book in mind?    Thank you.

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« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2012, 11:44:46 AM »

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« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2012, 12:42:39 PM »

Perhaps Olivier Clément?

Do you have a particular book in mind?    Thank you.

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You Are Peter: An Orthodox Reflection on the Exercise of Papal Primacy

It's been few years since I read that though. While reading various EO apologetics I had a feeling that they didn't take various sayings on Peter and Rome seriously enough and bybassed them with superficial arguments. IIRC that book didn't have that problem.
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