SCHOOL OF EASTERN CHRISTIANITY
Moscow, Russia and San Francisco Bay Area
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Welcome to our School for Eastern Christianity!

Eastern Christianity refers collectively to the traditions and churches which developed in the, Eastern Europe, Asia Minor, the Middle East, Northeastern Africa and southern India over several centuries of religious antiquity. It is contrasted with Western Christianity which developed in Western Europe.

Eastern Christians have a shared tradition, but they were the first to separate from the Roman Catholic Western Christianity during the early centuries of Christianity in disputes about christology and fundamental theology. In general terms, one can identify four regions or families of Eastern Christianity.

All of the Eastern churches, as well as the Western churches, share a common Christian tradition and most of the same Christian Biblical canon. The Eastern churches also share traditional practices in common which are not shared by the Western churches. For example, in the Eastern churches, parish priests administer the sacrament of chrismation to infants after baptism, and priests are allowed to marry before ordination.

The Eastern churches' differences from Western Christianity have as much, if not more, to do with culture, language, and politics as theology.

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Courses Listed by Department - Open in HTML or MS .doc formats
Orthodoxy
"Two Thousand Year Old Apostolic Christianity...," Steven Kovacevich
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"The Orthodox Church, Part 1," Timothy Ware
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"The Orthodox Church, Part 2," Timothy Ware
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"These Truths We Hold," St. Tikhon’s Monastery
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"The Orthodox Church," Fr. S. Bulgakov
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Apologetics
"Orthodox Apologetic Theology," I. M. Andreev, Bishop Alexander
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"The Path of Reason in Search of the Truth," A. I. Osipov
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"Discourses On God and Man," ---
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Holy Scriptures
"Toward Understanding the Bible, Part 1," Bishop Alexander
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"Toward Understanding the Bible, Part 2," Bishop Alexander
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"The Explanation of the Four Gospels," Archbishop Averky
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"The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew (excerpts)" by Blessed Theophylact
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"The Message of the Bible," George Cronk
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"The Old Testament Books, Part 1, an overview,"
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"The Old Testament Books, Part 2, an overview,"
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"The New Testament Books, an overview"
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"The Old Testament and Rationalistic Biblical Criticism," Fr.M.Pomazansky
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"The Old Testament Prophets," H.L.Ellison
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"Gospel, Spirituality and Renewal," Fr.Th. Stylianopoulos
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"The New Testament, an Orthodox Perspective," Fr.Th. Stylianopoulos
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"The Face of Christ In the Old Testament," Georges A. Barrois
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"An Orthodox view on the Holy Scriptures"
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"The Holy Apostles"
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"Biblical Archeology"
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"Bible as History (excerpts)," W.Keller
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"The War of the Jews," J.Flavius
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Dogmatic Theology
"Dogmatic Theology," Fr. M. Pomazansky
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"Theological Articles of Fr. George Florovsky, 1, Holy Scriptures,"
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"Theological Articles of Fr. George Florovsky, 2, Creation,"
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"Theological Articles of Fr. George Florovsky, 3, About Redemption,"
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"Theological Articles of Fr. George Florovsky, 4, On the Church,"
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"Theological Articles of Fr. George Florovsky, 5, On Resurrection,"
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"Ways of Russian Theology," Fr. George Florovsky
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Liturgics
"Manual of Church Services," Fr. D. Sokolov
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"The Order of Divine Services," P.Fekula & M.Williams
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"The All-night Vigil Service," Father Victor Potapov
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"Liturgics," Archbishop Averky (Taushev)
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"Liturgical Rubrics, Part 1,"
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"Rubrics on Hierarchical Services,"
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"Typikon, part 1,"
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"The Eucharist of the Early Christians," Willy Rordorf
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"Liturgical Practice in the Fathers," T.K.Carroll,T.Halton
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"Early Christian Liturgics"
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"The Shape of the Liturgy," Dom Gregory Dix
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"Horologion," ---
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"Oktoichos," ---
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"Triodion," ---
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"Pentecostarion," ---
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"The Menaia," ---
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History of the Churh
"History of the Orthodox Church," Fr.C.Callinikos
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"The Historical Road of Eastern Orthodoxy," Alexander Schmemann
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"History of the Byzantine Empire," A. A. Vasiliev
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"The Orthodox Church in the Byzantine Empire," J. M. Hussey
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"The Schism of the Roman-Catholic Church," N. Talberg
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"A History of Christianity, I," K.S.Latourette
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"History of the Church (I-III centur.)" Karl Baus
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"Early Church documents: Readings in Church History," Ray C. Petry editor
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"Byzantine Theology," John Meyendorff
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"The Eastern Orthodox Church," Ernst Benz
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"The Great Church in Captivity," Steven Runciman
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"The History of the Council of Florence," Ivan N. Ostroumov
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"The Orthodox Church in America," Thomas E. Fitzgerald
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"The Crusades," Lawrence Miller
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History of the Russian Churh
"The History of the Russian Church," N. Mouravieff
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"Ways of Russian Theology," Fr. George Florovsky
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"A Treasury of Russian Spirituality," G. P. Fedotov
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"The Russians and their Church," Nicolas Zernov
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"The Third Rome," M.R.Johnson
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"A Long Walk...(contemporary Russian Orthodoxy)," Nathaniel Davis
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Patrology
"The Early Christian Fathers," Henry Bettenson
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"The Eastern Fathers of the 4th Century," Fr. George Florovsky
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"The Byzantine Fathers of the 5th Century," Fr. George Florovsky
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"The Byzantine Fathers of the 6-8 Centuries," Fr. George Florovsky
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"The Ascetic and Spiritual Fathers," Fr. George Florovsky
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"A History of Early Christian Literature," E.Goodspeed
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Moral Theology
"Moral Theology," Doctor of Theology M. Olesnitsky
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"The Path to Salvation," St. Theofan the Recluse
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Pastoral Theology
"The Orthodox Pastoral Service," Archimandrite Cyprian (Kern)
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"Confession," Metrop. Anthony (Krapovitsky)
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"On Priestooh," St. Gregory Theologian
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"Six Books on Priesthood," St. John Chrysostom
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"The Pastoral Rule of St. Gregory Dialogus"
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"On the Priesthood," St Symeon Archbishop of Thessalonica
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"A Portrait of St John of Kronstadt," Archim.Konstantine(Zaitzev)
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"The Priesthood as Vocation," ---
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"The Sacrament of Priesthood," Christos Sp. Voulgaris
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"Orthodox Psychotherapy," D.A. Avdeev
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Canonical Law
"Canons of the Apostles # 1," Comments by Bishop Gregory (Grabbe)
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"Canons of the Apostles # 2," Pedalion
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"Canons of the Seven Ecumenical Councils," Pedalion
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"Canons of the Local Councils," Pedalion
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"Canons of the Holy Fathers," Pedalion
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Comparative Theology
"Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy," Fr. Victor Potapov
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Homiletics
"Sermons (St. Nicholas church, Dallas, Texas)," Fr. Seraphim Holland
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"“Gems from Gospels”," Anthony M. Coniaris
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"“Orthodox Sermons”," Rev. George Dimopoulos
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"The One Thing Needful," Archbishop Andrei (Rymarenko)
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"Orthodox Sermons," St Felix and St Edmund Orthodox Church
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"Sermons on Different Subjects," ---
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"Selected Sermons of Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco,"
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"Christmas Epistles," Bishop Alexander (Mileant)
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"Paschal Epistles," Bishop Alexander (Mileant)
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Monasticism
"A History of Monastic Spirituality," Luc Bresard
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"Rules of St Benedict of Nursia,"
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