Orthodoxy: The Cosmos Transfigured
Eighth Day Press (2012)
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Published in French in 1959 and later translated in Polish, Italian, Spanish and Greek, this monumental study is now finally available in English. Paul Evdokimov (1902-1970) is one of the preeminent Orthodox theologians of the last century. He has been aptly called "a theological bridge between the East and the West." As a Russian, he belonged to the Eastern Orthodox Church Church but spent most of his life in France, where he emigrated after the Revolution. He dedicated himself to instructing the West about the Orthodox tradition through conferences, counseling, books, articles and the example of his own life-- a life of service not only to the Church, but also to neighbor. As a layman, Evdokimov believed strongly in the priesthood of all believers. As a scholar, he produced over one hundred articles, mainly for learned religious journals, and wrote twelve books. His entire theological vision centered on the living God, the risen Christ and the Spirit that is poured out on all flesh. "Evdokimov's theology commands our unreserved admiration for its vast range of interests. It branches out into literature, psychology, philosophy and art. Another outstanding characteristic is the balance of its emphasis on various aspects of the Christian mystery: Christ, the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. Evdokimov's eschatological vision also allows him to relate the various disciplines of theology together, so that dogmatics, morals, lituurgy and spirituality all appear as organically and intrinsically connected. The result is a living knowledge, a synthesis of knowledge and communion, mind and heart." (Peter Phan, Distinguished Professor, Georgetown University).
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