This book was so incredibly to read. I began reading it at a very formative period in my personal theological walk and it’s definitely reinforced a certain level of respect for the Eastern Orthodox church. It’s not uncommon for the Orthodox to be left out of the conversation when it comes to theology. There are probably a couple of reasons for that, but I think by leaving them out of the conversation, we miss the richness of tradition and theology that has existed in the church for centuries.
For an introduction to the theology of the Eastern church, I highly recommend Introducing Eastern Orthodox Theology by Andrew Louth. It is definitely introductory material, but for the interested reader, this book could be beneficial. The concepts he introduces are rich but he is not able to delve into them as deeply as the reader might like. This is a feature of the book that allows him to cover a wide variety topics in a short amount of space.
The book is organized into chapters, each covering a certain topic such as the Orthodox view of the Trinity, Christology, icons, and even eschatology. Surprisingly, he does not spend much time talking about Orthodox ecclesiology or apostolic succession, which might appeal to the Protestant, or non-Orthodox reader. Protestants especially will not agree with every thing stated, but might find it interesting, as I have, to explore the beliefs of the Eastern Church.
I enjoyed this book and reading about the theology of something so vastly different from what I was used to. Hopefully you will too!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.