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Offline patricius

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Help on choice of books
« on: January 15, 2003, 10:28:37 PM »
I am considering purchasing something on Orthodox Theology and was wondering what was preferred by members here.  Orthodox Dogmatic Theology, Byzantine Theology by Meyendorff, and The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church by Lossky have been at those which I am most torn over.  Without the chance to thumb through them, (in my little town there are no stores which carry such) I have to go by titles, blurbs at online bookstore, and online customer reviews.  So far there is nothing in these to indicate which of these will be more informative.  Does anyone here have any thoughts on these texts?  Is one clearly superior to the other?

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Re:Help on choice of books
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2003, 10:36:15 PM »
Hello Patrick,
    I would suggest going with Orthodox Dogmatic Theology as it is the standard source for Orthodox theology and it has been used for many years as a seminary textbook.  If you want to know about Orthodox theology, then this is the book to get.
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Re:Help on choice of books
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2003, 10:22:53 PM »
I would suggest Byzantine Theology by Meyendorff.  It goes through all the historical aspects as well as the doctrinal themes and is a great and very scholarly book.

Lossky is good but you have to read him like 3 times before you get what he's saying.

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Re:Help on choice of books
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2003, 11:16:41 PM »
Many thanks for the information.  I am curious if y'all know which of these two, Orthodox Dogmatic Theology and [iByzantine Theology, covers more ground theologically?  I did notice that the Meyendorff book discussed the history as well, which did intrigue me, but it also made me wonder if it had as much information on the theology end itself.  Does one go into more detail than the other on the general teachings of the Church?

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Re:Help on choice of books
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2003, 11:27:58 AM »
You can read more about and buy a copy of Byzantine Theology here.
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