The Mystery of the Church

Feast of the Falling Asleep of St John the Evangelist and Theologian
The Mystery of the Church: A Course in Orthodox Dogmatic Theology by Boris Bobrinskoy

Bobrinskoy__Mystery_of_Church_square.jpegFATHER BORIS, in his introduction, identifies a growing tension between the “original and ultimate Truth” of the Church, on the one hand, and its incarnation, on the other. Theologically speaking, the Church is a mystery, the “locus and mode of mankind’s communion in the Trinitarian heavenly banquet.” Practically speaking, it is also a body of people undergoing flux and schism and tarnished by sin. Certainly, the political and logistical issues must be faced, but how better to navigate them than by always keeping in mind the spiritual identity of the Church as Christ has established it? This book, rather than dwelling on the immediate challenges to be faced, leads readers through an in-depth course in dogmatic ecclesiology. What are the central mysteries of the Church? How was it prefigured in the Old Testament? How was it formed in the New Testament? How have the long years of the Christian tradition revealed its character? What does it mean for the Church to be one, holy, catholic, and apostolic? How are its ministries carried out? And finally, what is the relationship between the one Orthodox Church and the divided Christian world? Father Boris Bobrinskoy spent many years as a parish priest and teaching theology, as well as representing Orthodoxy in the recent ecumenical movement: as a result, his tutelage in the mysteries of dogmatic theology is intimately intertwined with his commitment to the day-to-day service of the Church.

292 pp. paper $28.00

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