God, Hierarchy, and Power: Orthodox Theologies of Authority from Byzantium - Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought (Hardback)
  • God, Hierarchy, and Power: Orthodox Theologies of Authority from Byzantium - Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought (Hardback)
zoom

God, Hierarchy, and Power: Orthodox Theologies of Authority from Byzantium - Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought (Hardback)

(author)
£54.00
Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 07/11/2017
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 1 week

  • This item has been added to your basket

In the current age where democratic and egalitarian ideals have preeminence, Eastern Orthodox Christianity, among other hierarchically organized religious traditions, faces the challenging questions: "Why is hierarchy maintained as the model of organizing the church, and what are the theological justifications for its persistence?" These questions are especially significant for historically and contemporarily understanding how Orthodox Christians negotiate their spiritual ideals with the challenges of their social and ecclesiastical realities.

To critically address these questions, this book offers four case studies of historically disparate Byzantine theologians from the sixth to the fourteenth-centuries-Dionysius the Areopagite, Maximus the Confessor, Niketas Stethatos, and Nicholas Cabasilas-who significantly reflect on the relationship between spiritual authority, power, and hierarchy in theoretical, liturgical, and practical contexts. Although Dionysius the Areopagite has been the subject of much scholarly interest in recent years, the applied theological legacy of his development of "hierarchy" in the Christian East has not before been explored.

Relying on a common Dionysian heritage, these Byzantine authors are brought into a common dialogue to reveal a tradition of constructing authentic ecclesiastical hierarchy as foremost that which communicates divinity.

Publisher: Fordham University Press
ISBN: 9780823278374
Number of pages: 240
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
How can we understand and work with the concept of hierarchy in an era of democratic values, concerns about abuse of power by those with authority, and empowerment for those who lack it? Purpura asks serious questions with skill, economy, clarity, and penetrating insight. A powerful new voice that will matter to theologians and historians alike, this is a rich, masterful entry into major Orthodox currents of thought, past and present. -- Susan Harvey, Brown University
Ashley M. Purpura's God, Hierarchy and Power: Orthodox Theologies of Authority from Byzantium is a fascinating and deeply complex study on the relationship between spiritual authority and its sometimes troubled (and troubling) relationship with human maintenance of power and religious hierarchy. * Reading Religion *

You may also be interested in...

Confessions of a Sinner
Added to basket
Apologia Pro Vita Sua
Added to basket
The Confessions
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
The Book of Forgiving
Added to basket
Making Things Right
Added to basket
The Reason for God
Added to basket
Life of St Columba
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback
Eager to Love
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Simply Christian
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Embraced By The Light
Added to basket
The Great Divorce
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
What's So Amazing About Grace?
Added to basket
The Authentic Gospel of Jesus
Added to basket
God's Pauper
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Apologia Pro Vita Sua
Added to basket
Theology: A Very Short Introduction
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.