Book Review- The Orthodox Church
Although I enjoy history, I don't often choose history books for pleasure reading. But, I have developed an interest in Orthodoxy for several reasons. First, I have a good friend who is Orthodox, and, I must admit, before I knew her, I had very little idea of what Orthodoxy actually was. Secondly, I have developed a rather classical approach to homeschooling over the years. Classical schooling has a focus on world history. We've been reading through the volumes of Story of the World, and I was amazed to realize the strong history that Orthodoxy has. So, I asked my friend for some information, and she gave me this book.
The Orthodox Church by Timothy Ware first examines the history of Orthodoxy. It was very interesting to trace the development of the church over time. The second part of the book explains many of the doctrinal beliefs and worship elements of the Orthodox church. I won't even begin to go into that because I am not sure I have really understood and assimilated all that I have read yet. But, it was a very interesting history lesson as well as a doctrinal lesson. It was interesting to see how my own personal Protestant, Reformed faith fits into things.
Looking for more information, I found this very interesting timeline of church history. It helps to expand the picture of how Orthodoxy and all of the later denominations that have formed have developed.