Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism

Paperback | November 8, 2004

EditorStanley N. Gundry

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To some Western evangelicals, the practices of Eastern Orthodoxy seem mysterious and perhaps even unbiblical. Then again, from an Orthodox perspective, evangelicals lack the spiritual roots provided by centuries-old church traditions. Are the differences between these two branches of Christianity so sharp that to shake hands is to compromise the gospel itself? Or is there room for agreement? Are Eastern Orthodoxy and evangelicalism at all compatible? Yes, no, maybe-this book allows five leading authorities to present their different views, have them critiqued by their fellow authors, and respond to the critiques. Writing from an Orthodox perspective with a strong appreciation for evangelicalism, Bradley Nassif makes a case for compatibility. Michael Horton and Vladimir Berzonsky take the opposite stance from their respective evangelical and Orthodox backgrounds. And George Hancock-Stefan (evangelical) and Edward Rommen (Orthodox) each offer a qualified "perhaps." The interactive Counterpoints forum is ideal for comparing and contrasting the different positions to understand the strengths and weaknesses of these two important branches of Christianity and to form a personal conclusion regarding their compatibility. The Counterpoints series provides a forum for comparison and critique of different views on issues important to Christians. Counterpoints books address two categories: Church Life and Bible and Theology. Complete your library with other books in the Counterpoints series.

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To some Western evangelicals, the practices of Eastern Orthodoxy seem mysterious and perhaps even unbiblical. Then again, from an Orthodox perspective, evangelicals lack the spiritual roots provided by centuries-old church traditions. Are the differences between these two branches of Christianity so sharp that to shake hands is to comp...

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To some Western evangelicals, the practices of Eastern Orthodoxy seem mysterious and perhaps even unbiblical. Then again, from an Orthodox perspective, evangelicals lack the spiritual roots provided by centuries-old church traditions. Are the differences between these two branches of Christianity so sharp that to shake hands is to comp...

Stanley N. Gundry is executive vice president and editor-in-chief for the Zondervan Corporation. He has been an influential figure in the Evangelical Theological Society, serving as president of ETS and on its executive committee, and is adjunct professor of Historical Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is the author of ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:302 pages, 8 × 5.38 × 0.8 inPublished:November 8, 2004Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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CONTENTSForeword: J. I. Packer 9Introduction: James J. Stamoolis 131. ARE EASTERN ORTHODOXY AND 25EVANGELICALISM COMPATIBLE? YES:BRADLEY NASSIFThe Evangelical Theology of the Eastern Orthodox ChurchResponsesMichael Horton 89Vladimir Berzonsky 97George Hancock-Stefan 100Edward Rommen 105Conclusion 1072. ARE EASTERN ORTHODOXY AND 115EVANGELICALISM COMPATIBLE? NO:MICHAEL HORTONAn Evangelical PerspectiveResponsesBradley Nassif 145Vladimir Berzonsky 149George Hancock-Stefan 152Edward Rommen 155Conclusion 1583. ARE EASTERN ORTHODOXY AND 167EVANGELICALISM COMPATIBLE? NO:VLADIMIR BERZONSKYAn Orthodox PerspectiveResponsesBradley Nassif 183Michael Horton 185George Hancock-Stefan 194Edward Rommen 196Conclusion 1984. ARE EASTERN ORTHODOXY AND 203EVANGELICALISM COMPATIBLE? MAYBE:GEORGE HANCOCK-STEFANAn Evangelical PerspectiveResponsesBradley Nassif 219Michael Horton 221Vladimir Berzonsky 224Edward Rommen 228Conclusion 2315. ARE EASTERN ORTHODOXY AND 233EVANGELICALISM COMPATIBLE? MAYBE:EDWARD ROMMENAn Orthodox PerspectiveResponsesBradley Nassif 251Michael Horton 254Vladimir Berzonsky 266George Hancock-Stefan 271Conclusion 274Epilogue: James J. Stamoolis 279About the Contributors 285Scripture Index 287Subject Index 289