I wasn't completely sure if this is the right forum for these questions, but since I have a few questions related to various books, I put them in this forum.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I am putting several questions in one topic, rather than in individual topics.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I hope that is not a problem.
I have for a couple years now, been reading about first Christianity in general, and then Orthodox Christianity in particular.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I ams still not sure that I fully believe and should convert, but have had a strong feeling for some time now, that I will be Orthodox one day.
I am a very historically minded person, (I am majoring in history at college), and so understanding Christian history has been very important to me in my process of inquiry.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I was originally interested in Christian history before I became interested in Christian faith, and historical reading is still a big part of reading about the Orthodox Faith.
Recently, I have been trying to gain a (still very minor) understanding of the Christological contraversies of the fourth and successive centuries.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I would like to know if anybody has read any of the following histories of that period, and if anybody has any comments on them:Saint Cyril of Alexandria: the Christological Controversy
, by John A. McGuckin, I read the main text of this book, but did not read the translated texts in the back because of time issues.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I had borrowed the book from my school library, and did not renew it.
The following books are ones I found based on the citations in McGuckin's book, which I was able to find in my university library:The Defense of Chalcedon in the East (451-553),
by Patrick T. R. GrayImperial Unity and Christian Divisions
, by John MeyendorffThe Rise of the Monophysite Movement: Chapters in the History of the Church in the Fifth and Sixth Centuries
, by W. H. C. Frend
Of those three, I have read half of Gray's book, but not the others yet.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I was wondering if anybody here had read any of them and could comment.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Meyendorff's book, especially, looked promising when I skimmed it over.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I was a little surprised at the widespread use of the term Monophysite to describe the OO churches in the historiography, since I had understood that to be incorrect, but I assume that it was the common usage when the books were written.
Now, my other questions aren't really related to that one.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Recently, my university library acquired a copy of John Romanides' The Ancestral Sin
.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I was very excited because Fr. Romanides' writings on the website www.romanity.org
have been fundamental in directing me towards Orthodoxy.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š So I have started reading this book.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I was wondering if there was anything I should know about the book, while reading it, and also, how Orthodox in general felt about the work of Fr. Romanides.
Now my last question: A lot of things I have seen directed toward potential converts seem to be primarilly directed to people of Catholic or Protestant background.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I come from a Hindu family, not a very observant one in some regards, but still my main religious background.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I was wondering if there was anything written about Orthodox Christianity aimed at people of this background, or any similar background.
Thank you all in advance for considering these questions.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š If this is the wrong forum to post this, or if I should have broken up my questions into seperate posts, then I am sorry.