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Speaking the Truth in Love : On Education, Mission and Witness in Contemporary Orthodoxy - Thomas Hopko

Speaking the Truth in Love

On Education, Mission and Witness in Contemporary Orthodoxy

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These collected lectures were written during Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko's decade as dean of St Vladimir's Seminary from 1992 to 2002, and all deal with what it means for Orthodox Christians to speak and to act in a loving manner in societal and ecclesiastical settings, particularly in twentieth-century North America. Especially relevant are his remarks regarding education and spiritual formation in Orthodox theological schools: his historical background regarding the formation of Orthodox seminaries in the United States is enlightening. In an effort to dispel misconceptions, he also presents readers with an insightful view of Orthodox participation in ecumenical activities. Additionally, he comments on the relationship between clergy and laity and makes some pertinent observations about the challenges to the Church in post-modern and post-communist societies. The thread holding these essays together is St Paul's admonition to speak the truth in love and to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ (Eph 4.15).

Theological education at St. Vladimir's seminaryp. 11
Honorary doctorate for ecumenical patriarch Bartholomewp. 19
Theological education and modernityp. 25
On teaching and learning in an orthodox theological schoolp. 37
On preaching in churchp. 49
The mission of the orthodox church in North Americap. 57
On Christian mission, evangelism, and philanthropyp. 67
"Except for these chains" : evangelism, dialogue, and tolerancep. 79
The orthodox parish in North Americap. 85
The work of Christian laityp. 97
Eucharistic discipline in the orthodox churchp. 115
The unity we still seekp. 119
Confessing the one faithp. 135
Orthodoxy and ecumenismp. 145
Orthodoxy in post-modern pluralistic societiesp. 161
The narrow way of orthodoxyp. 173
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ISBN: 9780881412635
ISBN-10: 0881412635
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st July 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.34  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.25