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The Fortress Press Orthodox Studies collection includes a variety of works on the history, diversity, theology, and trends of Orthodox Christianity. These volumes offer a historical and theological survey of the early Eastern Church, and detailed descriptions of Orthodox traditions. In Face to Face, Robin Margaret Jensen analyzes Roman portraiture and conflicts over idolatry and iconography. The authors of Justin Martyr and His Worlds discuss the great teacher and his contributions to Gnosticism and Judaism. This collection presents broad church history and detailed examinations of key people and topics in Orthodox Christianity.

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Key Features

  • Surveys the history and theology of early Christianity
  • Applies Orthodox theology to scientific enterprises
  • Studies the influences of Justin Martyr
  • Describes the structure and traditions of ancient Orthodox sects

Individual Titles

Divine Complexity: The Rise of Creedal Christianity

  • Author: Paul R. Hinlicky
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 304

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Author Paul Hinlicky describes the history of the early church as a genuine, centuries-long theological struggle to make sense of the confession of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Protesting a recent parting of the ways between systematic theology and the history of early Christianity, Hinlicky relies on the insights of historical criticism to argue in this survey for the coherence of doctrinal development in the early church. He contends that the Christian tradition shows evidence of being governed by a hermeneutic of “cross and resurrection.”

In successive chapters, he finds in the New Testament, a collective Christological decision against Docetism; in the union of Old and New Testaments, a monotheistic decision against Gnostic dualism; in the resulting sweep of the canon, a narrative of the divine economy of salvation that posed a Trinitarian alternative to Arian Unitarianism; and in the insistence upon the cross of the incarnate Son, a rebuke of Nestorianism. This book is written with the student of early Christianity and the development of doctrine in mind.

Divine Complexity, Paul Hinlicky’s tour de force, is a demanding yet lucid account of the Christian tradition’s understanding of God, the world, and the kingdom. One could not ask for or find a better examination of the essentials of Christian faith than this one.

—Michael Plekon, assistant professor, Baruch College, City University of New York

As he traces the development of creedal Christianity, Hinlicky deftly engages a myriad of early Church Fathers, conversing along the way with sixteenth-century reformers, modern biblical critics, and theologians. This is a fresh and timely proposal of a ‘generous orthodoxy’ that is as evangelical as it is catholic.

—Cheryl M. Peterson, associate professor of systematic theology, Trinity Lutheran Seminary

Paul R. Hinlicky is Tice Professor of Lutheran Studies at Roanoke College in Virginia.

Early Christian Spirituality: Sources of Early Christian Thought

  • Editor: Charles Kannengiesser
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 1986
  • Pages: 120

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The works in this volume cover the main trends of Christian spirituality from the second to the seventh centuries. The authors discuss key figures such as the martyrs of Lyon, Clement of Alexandria, Athanasius of Alexandria, Ambrose of Milan, Augustine of Hippo, Maximus the Confessor, and many others.

Charles Kannengiesser is professor of theological studies at Concordia University in Montreal.

Face to Face: Portraits of the Divine in Early Christianity

  • Author: Robin Margaret Jensen
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 256

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Examining how God and eventually Christ are portrayed in early Christian art, Jensen explores questions of the relationship between art and theology, conflicts over idolatry and iconography, and how the Christological controversies affected the portrayals of Christ. Since much of this art comes from ancient Rome, she places her analysis in the context of the history of Roman portraiture. One hundred photographs enhance the discussion.

This is a brilliant book of great visual and intellectual significance. The early church wrestled with the problems of religious imagery. In this work of impressive scholarship, all the nuances of that struggle, its fears, hesitations, and scruples are explained with sensitivity and skill. Jensen takes us from the first rare depictions of biblical narrative on to the various portrayals of an imagined Christ and his close followers. She makes us vividly aware of the doubts and devotional needs of those to whom these images were of immense theological import.

—Sister Wendy Beckett, author and art critic

This book serves four groups of readers well: those who hunger for a glimpse into the early Christian visual imagination, those who wish to understand the long background to the Byzantine Iconoclastic Controversy, those with an interest in the history of Christian art, and finally, and perhaps most especially, those who mull over the roots of the tensions in our own world that are related to religiously and psychologically charged depictions of the sacred.

—Roberta Bondi, professor emeritus of church history, Candler School of Theology

Robin Margaret Jensen is the Luce Chancellor’s Professor of the History of Christian Worship and Art at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Her previous works include Understanding Early Christian Art, Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity, and The Substance of Things Seen.

Justin Martyr and His Worlds

  • Editors: Paul Foster and Sara Parvis
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 264

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Justin Martyr and His Worlds presents a state-of-the-art study of the great apologist, teacher, and martyr and his influential engagement with Gnostic Christianity, Judaism, and the Roman Empire. This upper-level text includes essays by Judith Lieu, Larry W. Hurtado, Oskar Skarsaune, Graham Stanton and many other scholars in the field.

The insert of images between pages 126 and 127 of the print version is not included in this edition.

Paul Foster is lecturer in New Testament literature, language, and theology at the University of Edinburgh School of Divinity in Scotland. With Sara Parvis, he coedited Irenaeus: Life, Scripture, Legacy.

Sara Parvis is lecturer in patristics at the University of Edinburgh School of Divinity in Scotland.

Light from the East: Theology, Science, and the Eastern Orthodox Tradition

  • Author: Alexei Nesteruk
  • Series: Theology & the Sciences
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 296

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In this unique volume, Alexei Nesteruk reveals how the Orthodox tradition, deeply rooted in Greek Patristic thought, can contribute importantly in a way that the usual Western sources do not. Orthodox thought, he holds, profoundly and helpfully relates the experience of God to our knowledge of the world. His masterful historical introduction to the Orthodox traditions not only surveys key features of its theology but highlights its ontology of participation and communion. From this, Nesteruk derives Orthodoxy’s unique approach to theological and scientific attribution. Theology identifies the underlying principles in scientific affirmations.

Nesteruk then applies this methodology to key issues in cosmology: the presence of the divine in creation, the theological meaning of models of creation, the problem of time, and the validity of the anthropic principle, especially as it relates to the emergence of humans and the Incarnation. Nesteruk’s unique synthesis is not a valorization of Eastern Orthodox thought so much as an influx of startlingly fresh ideas about the character of science itself and an affirmation of the ultimate religious and theological value of the whole scientific enterprise.

Alexei V. Nesteruk is a researcher in cosmology and quantum physics in the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth and a research associate in the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies at Cambridge.

Product Details

  • Title: Fortress Press Orthodox Studies
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 1,240