Since its first publication more than thirty years ago, Timothy Ware's book
has become established throughout the English-speaking world as the standard
introduction to the Orthodox Church. Orthodoxy continues to be a subject of
enormous interest among western Christians, and the author believes that an
understanding of its standpoint is necessary before the Roman Catholic and Protestant
churches can be reunited.
In this newly revised and updated edition he explains the Orthodox views on
such widely ranging matters as Ecumenical Councils, Sacraments, Free Will, Purgatory,
The Papacy and the relation between the various Orthodox Churches. In Part One,
he describes the history of the Eastern Church over the last two thousand years
with particular reference to its problems in twentieth-century Russia: and in
Part Two he explains the beliefs and worship of the Orthodox Church today. Finally,
he considers the possibilities of reunion between East and West. In this latest
edition, he takes full account of the totally new situation confronting Eastern
Christians since the collapse of Communism.
Softbound. 368 pp.