Orthodoxy for Evangelicals

These resources introduce and explain Orthodoxy for Evangelicals

A Monk of the Eastern Church, Orthodox Spirituality: An Outline of the Orthodox Ascetical and Mystical Tradition, London: SPCK for the Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius, 1968

John Binns, An Introduction to the Christian Orthodox Churches, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004

Gerald Bray, ‘Eastern Orthodox Theology in Outline’, Evangel, 14 (1996), 15-22

Gerald Bray, ‘Justification and the Eastern Orthodox Churches’, in J. I. Packer, ed., Here we Stand (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1996), ch. 5

Christine Chaillot, The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Tradition: A brief Introduction to its Life and Spirituality, Paris: Inter-Orthodox Dialogue, 2002

John Chryssavgis, Light through Darkness: The Orthodox Tradition, London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2004

Daniel B. Clendenin, Eastern Orthodox Christianity: A Western Perspective, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2003

Daniel B. Clendenin, ‘Why I’m not Orthodox: An evangelical explores the ancient and alien world of the Eastern church’, Christianity Today, 6 January 1997, 33-38

Eastern Orthodoxy: Then and Now’, special issue of Christian History no.54 (1997)

Slavko Ezdenci, Deification and Union with Christ:  A Reformed Perspective on Salvation in Orthodoxy, Oxford: Latimer House, 2011

Don Fairbairn, ‘Orthodoxy: Not just “How” but also “Who”’, Evangel 17 (1999), 10-13

Don Fairbairn, Eastern Orthodoxy through Western Eyes, Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2002

Tamara Grdzelidze, Martin George & Lukas Vischer, eds, Witness Through Troubled Times: A History of the Orthodox Church of Georgia, 1811 to the Present, London: Bennett & Bloom, 2006

Ralph Lee writes: I want to recommend this book. It records the place of the church in the nation of Georgia, and paints a very positive picture of the place of the church in holding together the nation, and in building the nation after Communism. With so many negative views on the nationalism of the Orthodox Churches, it is a rather refreshing view of how this can be very positive. I can’t recommend it enough – I am making it compulsory reading for my SOAS students.

Joel Kalvesmaki, What Evangelicals should know about Negrut’s assessment of Eastern Orthodoxy

Panagiotis  Kantartzis, A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Eastern Orthodox Theology, Fearn: Christian Focus, 2021.

A Greek Evangelical scholar and church leader focuses on certain key theological themes.

Valentin Kozhuharov, ‘Christian Mission as Teaching and Liturgical Life: An Orthodox Perspective’, Baptistic Theologies 2/2 (Autumn 2010), pp.1-45

Vladimir Lossky, The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church, London: James Clarke, 1957

J.A. McGuckin (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, 2 vols, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. A one-volume Concise Encyclopedia is also available.

Brasley Nassif, Bringing Jesus to the Desert, Zondervan, 2012

Joyce Napper, Christianity in the Middle East, revised edn, Larnaca, 1996

Paul Negrut, ‘The Development of the Concept of Authority within the Orthodox Church during the Twentieth Century’, unpublished Ph.D. thesis, London Bible College, 1994

Paul Negrut, Ekklesia: An Eastern Orthodox Perspective’, Perichoresis 3/1 (2005), pp.31-51,  

Paul Negrut, ‘Orthodox Ecclesiology: The Temple of the Spirit’, Perichoresis 3/2 (2005), pp.149-65

Paul Negrut, ‘Searching for the True Apostolic Church: What Evangelicals Should Know about Eastern Orthodoxy’, Christian Research Journal 20 (1998), pp.26–36

Thomas C. Oden, The African Memory of Mark: Reassessing Early Church Tradition (Downers Grove: Intervarsity, 2011)

Thought-provoking on the Coptic traditions regarding Mark, and the gospel in Africa.

Ken Parry et al. (eds), The Blackwell Dictionary of Eastern Christianity, Oxford: Blackwell, 1999

James R. Payton, The Victory of the Cross: Salvation in Eastern Orthodoxy, Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2019

James R. Payton, Light from the Christian East: An Introduction to the Orthodox Tradition, Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2007

Kirby Rials, The Protestant’s Guide to Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy: How to Answer the Tough Questions, Greenville, MI: Delta Mills, 2006

A Gregg Roeber, revised by Lavinia Stan and Lucian Turcescu, ‘Christianity: Eastern Orthodoxy’, in Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices, 2nd edn, Detroit, MI: Thompson Gale, 2014, vol. 1, pp. 223-37: final text should be available through institutions subscribing to the Gale Virtual Reference Library. A draft is available at (99+) (PDF) Eastern Orthodoxy | Lavinia Stan – Academia.edu. Danut Manastireanu recommends this as an excellent concise introduction.

Russian Orthodoxy, a thoughtful anonymous evaluation written in the late 1990s

James Stamoolis, ‘Eastern Orthodox Mission Theology’, International Bulletin of Missionary Research 8/2 (April 1984)

James Stamoolis, Eastern Orthodox Mission Theology Today, Maryknoll, NJ: Orbis, 1986

David P. Teague, Turning Over a New Leaf: Protestant Missions and the Orthodox Churches of the Middle East, 2nd edition, Interserve / Middle East Media, London / Kenwood, WA, 1992. A revised edition appeared in 2018, and is available via Amazon as hard copy or e-book. A further revision is on the way in 2021.

This is particularly helpful on the Coptic Christian tradition.

Eve Tibbs, A Basic Guide to Eastern Orthodox Theology, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2021

From an Orthodox educator linked with Fuller Seminary.

Kallistos Ware, The Orthodox Church, revised edition, London: Penguin, 1997

Kallistos Ware, The Orthodox Way, revised edition, Crestwood, NY: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1995

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