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free read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ð James J. Stamoolis 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 compatibleYes no maybe this book allows five leading a. A reasonably good interaction between Evangelical and Orthodox theologians On the Orthodox side Bradley Nassif was my favourite and on the Evangelical George Hancock Stefan Hancock Stefan presented his case clearly and defended his side well Michael Horton could be frustrating in that while he says that the two belief systems are not compatible he is not always clear as to why and occasionally seems to side with the Orthodox against those from the radical Anabaptist tradition Appreciated the book when I read it the second time around However it is a bit of a disappointment if you are an Evangelical looking for a simple synopsis of Orthodox beliefs and where they are similar and where they differ If you are a newcomer to either Evangelicalism or Orthodoxy I would recommend reading other resources first and then reading this book as a follow up

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Counterpoints: Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism review » 0 ↠ 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 tradi Uthorities to present their different views have them critiued by their fellow authors and respond to the critiues 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 ualified 'perhaps'The interactive Counterpoint. This book varied widely in the usefulness of its chapters I would not recommend it highly for someone seeking to deeply understand where Evangelicalism and Eastern Orthodoxy converge diverge but parts made good starting points The structure is each position makes an argument the others respond and then the original author gets the final wordA uick summaryNassif is Orthodox but was saved because of Evangelicals His chapter is by far the longest and he presents an enthusiastic vision of how both sides of this can learn from each other but ultimately claims everything within the circle of evangelicalism can be subsumed within a bigger richer circle of Eastern OrthodoxyHorton is 'magisterial' reformed evangelical the view I assumed I'd be most sympathetic to however his contribution throughout the book is the weakest He argues from the NO position but he really sounds like he should be the MAYBE guyBerzonsky is the Eastern Orthodox NO and is uite emphatic and helpful in seeing that Frankly he's kind of a prick and I'm not going to repent of the entire Reformation thank you very muchHancock Stefan offers the Evangelical MAYBE position being a Romanian Baptist whose parents moved out of Orthodoxy when he was a child His contribution is by far the best in the book if you get this from the library and are short on time I'd read this chapter and the closing remarksRommen is the Eastern Orthodox MAYBE but ultimately seems inclined to the NO position especially as he declares any communion not performed by an Orthodox priest invalid His section was not terribly clear and Horton's response was overlong and eually unhelpfulIf you want to get the most of this book for the least effort read Hancock Stefan the closing remarks

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Counterpoints Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and EvangelicalismS 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 compatibilityThe Counterpoints series provides a forum for comparison and critiue 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 serie. I thought this book was great if you are seeking to better understand the issues that unite and divide the Orthodox Church and Evangelicals The rebuttals are lengthy with explanations which can become repetitive after a while I believe this would be compelling in spoken form but that does not detract from the value of the knowledge The book certainly contains an Evangelical bias but if you keep that in mind while you are reading it it can serve as a good intro to the ecumenical dialogue between both groups