General Information: The Church
The Church of Christ: The Concept of the
Church of Christ on Earth, by Fr. Michael Pomazansky. An excerpt from
Orthodox Dogmatic Theology.
Orthodox Ecclesiology in Outline: by Fr. George Dragas.
Mind of the Orthodox Church, excerpts from the book by Metropolitan
Hierotheos of Nafpatkos. Don't let the title mislead you. This book contains
numerous chapters on the Church. A solid, Patristic work by one of the
foremost Orthodox writers of our day.
The Attributes of the Church, by the Blessed
Fr. Justin (Popovich). On the terms "one, holy, catholic, and apostolic"
On the Terms "Catholic" and "Soborny,"
by Alexei Khomiakov.
The Church As the Body of Christ: by St.
John (Maximovitch) of San Francisco
Church Is One, the famous essay by Alexei Khomiakov. For interaction
with his essay consult Vladimir Losskys Mystical Theology of
the Eastern Church.
Orthodox Ecclesiology, by Dr. Alexander Kalomiros.
Sections XXVIII-XXX from his book Against False Union.
The Church, the Treasury of Salvation: by St. John
The Ecclesiology of St.
Ignatius of Antioch, by Fr.
or the Church?, by Saint Ilarion (Troitsky), the Holy New Martyr. This is a modern classic
about the essential interrelatedness between Christianity and the Church.
His main premise: "Without the Church there is no Christianity."
Is There An Invisible Church?,
by Protopresbyter Michael Pomazansky. This is much more an article on
the Orthodox teaching concerning the Invisible Church and the Communion
of Saints than a defense of the Visible Church.
Christian Unity As Viewed By the Eastern Orthodox
Church: The Oberlin Statement.
The Anglican/Orthodox Pilgrim, Vol. 2, No. 4:
The Nature of the Church, by Fr. Gregory Mathewes-Green.
The Inward Mission of Our Church: Bringing About Orthodoxy,
by the Blessed Father Justin Popovich.
Florovsky, Georges, Collected Works. vol. 1, Bible, Church, Tradition.
Belmont, MA: Nordland, 1972-79. This little gem is under 100 pages and a superb treatment of
the Eastern Orthodox perspective on these issues.
Rogers, Gregory, Apostolic Succession. Ben Lomond, CA: Conciliar Press, 1989. 40 pages. Clearly
lays out the Biblical and patristic evidence for apostolic succession. Excellent bibliography.
(Troitsky) Ilarion, Archbishop and Holy New Martyr, The Unity of the Church and the World Conference
of Christian Communities. Montreal: Monastery Press, 1975. 72pp. The
best overview on the issue of canonical economy, boundaries of the Church,
etc. Archbishop Ilarion is incredibly lucid and Patristic.
Ware, Bishop KALLISTOS, The Orthodox Church. Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimirs Press, 1994 (1990),
Ch. 12 "The Church of God."