Orthodoxy and Western Christianity: For All Protestants
These articles are important for all Protestant inquirers. I recommend reading the
articles on this page and then perusing the other "For" pages for more in-depth articles pertaining to a particular
The Ascetic Ideal and the New Testament: Reflections on the
Critique of the Theology of the Reformation, by Father George Florovsky.
This is one of the most important articles a Protestant inquirer to Orthodoxy
could read. It is a lengthy survey of almost the entire New Testament.
The author demonstrates that in each book the Orthodox doctrines of synergy
and theosis are taught. He interacts constantly with the theology
of Luther and Calvin, as well as the book Agape and Eros, by
Protestantism: various topics briefly addressed.
From the ROCOR Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Washington, DC.
Why Orthodoxy Is the True Faith. A lecture by A.I.Osipov on
the Fundamentals of Theology, held in the Sretenskaya Theological Seminary on September 13, 2000.
Finding Common Ground
Between Orthodox and Protestants: Partial Resolution of Protestant
Difficulties with Orthodox Theology, by Reader Daniel Lieuwen
An Overview of Orthodoxy By Way of a Reply to Dan Clendenin. A good overview
that inquirers to our Faith should find interesting and helpful. By Anastasia
Miles from the Truth: A Response to the
Protestant magazine Credenda/Agenda, by Deacon [now Father] John Whiteford and Patrick Barnes.
Bajis, Jordan, Common Ground: An Introduction
to Eastern Christianity for the American Christian. Minneapolis, MN:
Light and Life, 1991. Geared specifically for the typical modern American
evangelical Christian. It is divided into four sections: 1. Western and
Eastern Outlooks Compared (Ch.1-3); 2. Tradition, Bible, and Authority
(Ch. 4-8); 3. The Church (Ch. 9-11); 4. Sacraments and Salvation (Ch.
12-17). Fantastic footnotes and bibliography for further reading.
Bouyer, Louis, The Spirit and Forms of Protestantism. Westminster,
MD: The Newman Press, 1961. A sympathetic critical analysis of
the Protestant Reformation by a former Lutheran who converted to Roman
Catholicism. In the first half he praises the first principles of the
Reformation, ironically identifying them with true Catholicism. In Part
II he shows how those same first principles decayed and protestantism
fell apart due to its failure to properly critique and throw off the nominalistic
framework of the late medieval period. The "good" of protestantism
can only be sustained and flourish within the Church (of course, he argues
for Roman Catholicism).
Archimandrite [now Archbishop] Chrysostomos and Archimandrite [now Bishop]
Auxentios, Scripture and Tradition. Etna, CA: The Center for
Traditionalist Orthodox Studies, 1994. This is arguably the best book
on this subject available in the English language (perhaps in any language).
Read the comments on the back cover by Fr. George florovsky: "The
thoughts presented...[in several essays appearing in the present book]...are
clear expositions of classical Patristic reasoning. They should certainly
appear in print, and without a doubt they will be received as important
contributions to the body of Orthodox literature."
Florovsky, Georges, Collected Works. vol. 1, Bible, Church,
Tradition. Belmont, MA: Nordland, 1972-79. [out-of-print, but still
available]. This little gem is under 100 pages and a superb treatment
of the Eastern Orthodox perspective on Tradition.
Lee, Philip J, Against the Protestant Gnostics. New York: Oxford University
Press, 1987. This insightful work by a Protestant pastor "traces
gnostic motifs to the very roots of American Protestantism."
Nasr, Father Constantine. The Bible in the Liturgy. Oklahoma City, OK: Theosis
Publishing Company, 1988. Father Constantine puts the Divine Liturgy of
St. John Chrysostom (the main service of worship for Orthodox Christians)
in the left column of the page and then lists the full text of every Scripture
reference related to each key sentence in the Liturgy in the right column.
He thereby shows just how scriptural is Orthodox worship.
Meyendorff, John, Byzantine Theology: Historical Trends and Doctrinal
Themes. New York: Fordham Univ. Press, 1979. Detailed and scholarly.
Not an easy read but for many Western Christians it has been on of the
key theological books in their journey. Father John interacts with Western
views throughout this work.