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Love, Marriage and Family in Eastern Orthodox Perspective


This volume offers an array of theological and sociological studies on Family, Love, and Marriage in the Eastern Orthodox tradition. As new ways of understanding these institutions and concepts emerge in a modern society, this compilation sponsored by the Sophia Institute of Eastern Orthodox Studies incorporates a revisiting of biblical and Patristic understandings as they are received in the wider Orthodox Christian perspective.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0596-6
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Jun 15,2016
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 340
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0596-6
$167.00
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Love, Marriage, and Family offers an array of theological and sociological studies from the Eastern Orthodox tradition. It seeks to break free from the modern perspective that limits the semantic context of ‘love,’ as a return to a Classical Greek perspective that is more capable of setting up the subtitles of discourse on the subject with a lesser degree of equivocation. As new ways of understanding these institutions and concepts emerge in a modern society, this compilation sponsored by the Sophia Institute of Eastern Orthodox Studies incorporates a revisiting of biblical and Patristic understandings as they are received in the wider Orthodox Christian perspective.

With contributions from established Orthodox scholars, as well as young Christian theologians and historians of the next generation, this volume systematically investigates a subject that has been excessively neglected in Orthodox literature. It serves well those who seek to understand the attitudes and practices of an Orthodox perspective in relation to matrimony, relationships, and their place in biblical canon.

Love, Marriage, and Family offers an array of theological and sociological studies from the Eastern Orthodox tradition. It seeks to break free from the modern perspective that limits the semantic context of ‘love,’ as a return to a Classical Greek perspective that is more capable of setting up the subtitles of discourse on the subject with a lesser degree of equivocation. As new ways of understanding these institutions and concepts emerge in a modern society, this compilation sponsored by the Sophia Institute of Eastern Orthodox Studies incorporates a revisiting of biblical and Patristic understandings as they are received in the wider Orthodox Christian perspective.

With contributions from established Orthodox scholars, as well as young Christian theologians and historians of the next generation, this volume systematically investigates a subject that has been excessively neglected in Orthodox literature. It serves well those who seek to understand the attitudes and practices of an Orthodox perspective in relation to matrimony, relationships, and their place in biblical canon.

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Contributor Biography

Theodore Dedon

Sergey Trostyanskiy

Sergey Trostyanskiy is currently a Research Fellow of the Sophia Institute of Byzantine and Eastern Orthodox studies, New York and Union Theological Seminary, New York. He holds a PhD from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. His research interests include Byzantine history and philosophy. His monograph on St. Cyril of Alexandria is appearing in the Studies in Church History Series of Peter Lang Press.

  • Table of Contents (page 5)
  • Acknowledgments (page 9)
  • Preface (Sergey Trostyanskiy and Theodore Dedon) (page 11)
  • Foreword: The Mystery of Marriage: An Orthodox Reflection (J.A. McGuckin) (page 15)
  • The Sacrament of Love: Paul Evdokimov's Vision of Marriage, Love and Vocation (Michael Plekon) (page 27)
  • Out of Dreams and Angels: Love, Marriage, and Family in the New Testament (Jeffrey B. Pettis) (page 41)
  • The Sacrament of Marriage and Union with God (Bruce Beck) (page 57)
  • Marriage and Family: Traditional Values - Modern Realities (Theodor Damian) (page 71)
  • Sexual Healing: Desire and Pleasure in the Thought of Sts. Augustine of Hippo and Gregory of Nyssa (David J. Dunn) (page 87)
  • Uncovering Desire: Explorations in Eros, Agression and the Question of Theosis in Marriage (Pia Chaudhari) (page 105)
  • Contextuality and Normality: Orthodox Visions of Human Sexuality and Marriage (Drew Maxwell) (page 117)
  • Marriage and the Eucharist: From Unity to Schizophrenia - the Positive Theology of Marriage and its Distortion From an Eastern Orthodox Point of View (Philip Zymaris) (page 131)
  • Imaging the True Family in St. Gregory Nazianzen's Oration 14 (Kate McCray) (page 153)
  • Chrysostom's Pedagogy of Christian Fatherhood: Reorienting the Christian Family in a Non-Christian Society (Alexander Blaze Miller) (page 161)
  • What Makes a Society? An Orthodox Perspective on Asceticism, Marriage, the Family, and Society (Dylan Pahman) (page 181)
  • Anna Komnene's Alexiad: Legacy from the Good Daughter (Kale Thugater) (V.K. McCarty) (page 195)
  • 'Set Ye In Order Charity In Me': Origen's Writings on The Song of Songs (Clio Pavlantos) (page 211)
  • Philanthropia as God's Loving-Kindness: Origen of Alexandria and His Theology of Love (Theodore Grey Dedon) (page 227)
  • The Reflexivity of Love in Fakhruddin 'Iraqi's Divine Flashes and St Symeon the New Theologian's Hymns of Divine Eros (Zachary Ugolnik) (page 249)
  • The Time Has Come: The Why and the How of Bringing Change to the Postpartum Rites of the Orthodox Church (Carrie Frederick Frost) (page 271)
  • Psalms 112:5-9 and Alternative Family Arrangements (William Ephrem Gall) (page 279)
  • Turning Toward as a Pastoral Theology of Marriage (Philip Mamalakis) (page 283)
  • Caregiving as an Expression of Familial Love (AnnMarie Gidus-Mercera) (page 299)
  • Toward a Better Understanding of the Clergy Couple (Kerry Pappas) (page 313)
  • 'The Beginning of Wisdom is to Fear the Lord, And She was Joined with the Faithful in the Womb.' WSir 1:12 The Theology of Children, An Insight from the Old and the New Testaments (Vicki Petrakis) (page 321)
  • A Life of Ideal Beauty: St. Gregory of Nyssa and the Life of Macrina (Antonia Atanassova) (page 329)
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