Orthodoxy and Western Christianity: Holy Tradition
Scripture, Tradition, and the Church. All three are inseparable, forming
a Gestalt, a beautiful tapestry woven by the Holy Spirit. As such,
the question "What is the Church?"
cannot be separated from the question "What is Holy Tradition?".
Those of you interested in this topic should also consult the "Acquiring an Orthdox Mindset"
sub pages, especially the page concerning Holy
Book Review: Hierodeacon [now Father] Gregory,
The Church, Tradition, Scripture, Truth, and Christian Life: Some Heresies of Evangelicalism and an Orthodox
Response. Etna, CA: Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies, 1995.
This book is a must read for inquiring Evangelical Protestants. An excellent
companion to this book is Scripture and Tradition.
Holy Scripture," Ch. 2. from The
Truth of Our Faith:: A Discourse from Holy Scripture on the Teachings
of True Christianity, By Elder Cleopa of Romania (Uncut Mountain
Press, November, 2000). See also: "On
Holy Tradition," Ch. 3. from The Truth of Our Faith.
Some Selected Quotes from the Fathers on Tradition
and the Authority of the Church: compiled by Patrick Barnes.
Excerpts from St. Vincent of Lerin's famous Commonitory
: subtitled, For the Antiquity and Universality of the Catholic Faith Against The Profane Novelties of All Heresies.
An Orthodox View of Sola Scriptura: by
Fr. Deacon John Whiteford. This is a very thorough and lucid critique
of one of the central "Reformation pillars." This article is
also available in booklet form from any good Orthodox bookseller.
Which Came First, the Church or the New Testament?:
by Fr. James Bernstein.
Holy Tradition: The Road That Leads Home,
by the Rev. Dorraine Snogren (The True Vine, #5)
The Creed, by Fr. Theodore
All Scripture is Inspired by God...: Thoughts on the Old Testament
Canon, by Joel Kalvesmaki
and Opinions, by Fr. Michael Pomazansky. A discourse on the nature of Holy Tradition.
The Church is the Pillar and Ground of Truth, compiled from
the writings of the Church Fathers by Patrick Barnes
Book Review: my letter to David Bercot regarding his book
Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up?
The Emergence of the New Testament Canon, by
Daniel F. Lieuwen
Do Not Add to His Words: Thoughts on the New Testament Canon,
by Joel Kalvesmaki
Scripture and Tradition, by Archimandrite [now Archbishop] Chrysostomos
and Archimandrite [now Bishop] Auxentios (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."
Tradition and Traditions: An Historical Essay and a Theological
Essay, by Yves M.-J. Congar (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1967. I recommend
this book with a little caution as it is by a Roman Catholic author, though one who was
thoroughly versed in the Holy Fathers. It is very scholarly, and, if one can
plow through it (it is over 500 pages, loaded with footnotes) the book is invaluable.
Until I discovered the works by the Center for
Traditionalist Orthodox Studies I would have said that this was the most
important book I had read besides the Bible. The reason is because through Congar's
masterful presentation I was able to see the inescapable relationship between
the Bible, Tradition, and the Church. I intellectually ceased being a Protestant
after reading this. However, having said all that, I would not recommend this
to someone who was not thoroughly familiar with the Orthodox understanding of
Holy Tradition, specifically as laid out by Fr. George Florovsky and the writers
at the Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies.
The Church, Tradition, Scripture, Truth, and Christian Life: Some
Heresies of Evangelicalism and an Orthodox Response, by Hieromonk Gregory
(Etna, CA: Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies, 1995). This is a must read
for all Evangelical Protestants. Read the book review.
Collected Works. vol. 1, Bible, Church, Tradition, by Florovsky, Georges
(Belmont, MA: Nordland, 1972-79. This little gem is under 100 pages and a superb treatment of the Eastern
Orthodox perspective on Tradition.