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Alexander Schmemann

This week marked the birthday (Sept. 13) of the late Orthodox theologian Alexander Schmemann.

To mark the occasion, we offer the following introductory guide to his theology.

 

1)  For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy

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Alexander Schmemann

Since the Christmas holiday, I have been enjoying Alexander Schmemann’s classic book For the Life of the World.

I also recently discovered that a pamphlet that he wrote on Lent is available in the Public Domain.

The following piece is adapted from that pamphlet.

DOWNLOAD the full pamphlet for Kindle!

(Alt.Kindle, epub and versions for other e-readers
are available at Project Gutenberg…)

 
 


 

Lent in the Orthodox Tradition
Alexander Schmemann

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A Journey of Beauty and Poetry

A Review of

Nearly Orthodox: On Being a Modern Woman in An Ancient Tradition

Angela Doll Carlson

Paperback: Ancient Faith Publishing, 2014
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Reviewed by Amy Gentile
 
When I first heard about Angela Doll Carlson’s book, I was drawn to it immediately: Nearly Orthodox: On Being a Modern Woman in an Ancient Tradition. Everything about that resonated with me. Like the author, I too am a convert to Orthodoxy and, despite having been a convert for four and a half years now, “nearly Orthodox” feels like an apt description of the reality I inhabit. On some deep level, I know that I am Orthodox, and I am working on trying to gain an Orthodox phronema (mindset), but I also recognize that I have been very heavily shaped by my past religious traditions and experiences, and that sometimes that makes me feel a little bit on the outside edge of Orthodoxy. It was refreshing to hear my story echoed in these pages, but I was also enriched by the places where our stories differed, and the ways in which her Catholic (as opposed to my Protestant) upbringing uniquely shaped each of our journeys. I am pleased to read Carlson’s journey and for the perspective it gives me on my own—and I think this would be true for anybody whose faith has morphed and been continually renewed through the years, not just for Orthodox converts.
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