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Eastern Orthodoxy – Essential Books [A Reading List]

Eastern Orthodoxy Books

This week (July 16) marked the anniversary of the beginning of the Great Schism between Eastern Orthodoxy and the Western Church.

Western Christians often know very little about the history and theology of their sisters and brothers in the Eastern Orthodox churches. On this occasion, we offer this list of our favorite introductory books on Eastern Orthodoxy …

Updated July 2020 with selections by Jeremy Ingpen

Essential Books
on Eastern Orthodoxy – Page 5

Orthodox Spirituality, Worship and Prayer

The Faith We Hold

Archbishop Paul of Finland


A simple and clear introduction to Orthodox worship by the former head of the Finnish Orthodox Church (St Vladimir’s Seminary Press 1980).
This unpretentious little book was written ‘to describe Orthodoxy from the inside to those outside.’ At the same time, as its author suggests, it may serve as ‘an Episcopal pastoral letter’ for the Orthodox themselves, for it deals with Orthodox faith in its most basic elements, revealing with remarkable simplicity and directness its messages of salvation for all mankind.

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3 Comments

  1. Some great selections, but you’re missing one of the best! Introducing Eastern Orthodox Theology by Andrew Louth: https://amzn.to/2y7YvHL