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The Forgotten Faith: Ancient Insights for Contemporary Believers from Eastern Christianity
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The Forgotten Faith: Ancient Insights for Contemporary Believers from Eastern Christianity


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There’s more to Eastern Christianity than ethnic food bazaars, enclaves of immigrants, and clergy with beards. The mystical theology, spiritual disciplines, and rich liturgical worship of the Orthodox Church provide sustenance for anyone seeking resources for growth in the Christian life. Ancient teachings and practices persist in Eastern Christianity that hold together much of what Catholics and Protestants have separated. Believers of all stripes increasingly resonate with Orthodoxy’s healthy synthesis of prayer, doctrine, liturgy, asceticism, and call to holiness in all areas of life. This ancient faith speaks with refreshing clarity to contemporary Christians who want to learn from a living tradition that is too little known in Western culture. This volume presents profound insights that will enrich, challenge, and inspire readers of all backgrounds. It invites everyone to encounter a spiritual tradition that is ancient, contemporary, and fascinatingly different.

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Key Features

  • Discusses Christianity from the early centuries up to the modern Orthodox Church
  • Expounds upon the Orthodox faith and its place in contemporary theology
  • Presents an accessible look at Orthodoxy from an autobiographical and evangelical viewpoint


  • Introduction: How I Got Here in the First Place
  • The Burning Bush: God Is Who He Is
  • Salvation, Sex, and Food
  • Mary: Don’t Be Afraid!
  • Football, Liturgical Worship, and Real Life
  • Fools, Monks, and Martyrs
  • Constantine and the Culture Wars
  • Conclusion: A Final Thought

Praise for the Print Edition

Gracefully and without apology, LeMasters combines autobiography with evangelism in his review of ancient Orthodox teachings and their contemporary belonging. To say that this is popular and not serious theology does injustice to a narrative that is both scholarly and accessible. Buy it, read it, and give it to someone curious about Orthodoxy as an alternative in American Christianity.

—Harmon L. Smith, emeritus professor of moral theology, Duke University

LeMasters knows both his subject and his readers intimately; yet there is not a hint of condescension. Written from heart to heart, there is a wonderful combination of telling anecdote and insightful commentary. The outcome is a book worthy of both prayerful pondering and critical appreciation.

William J. Abraham, professor of Wesley studies, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

This fine primer on the moral and spiritual life is no venture in ecumenical neutrality. Simply, clearly, personally, but never polemically, LeMasters lays out the basic doctrines and practices of the Orthodox East. Thus does he demonstrate why, especially here in the West, it should not become a forgotten [form] but a vital form of Christian faith.

—Ralph C. Wood, professor of theology and literature, Baylor University

Product Details

  • Title: The Forgotten Faith: Ancient Insights for Contemporary Believers from Eastern Christianity
  • Author: Philip LeMasters
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 164
  • Christian Group: Orthodox
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Eastern Orthodoxy

About Philip LeMasters

Philip LeMasters is dean of the school of social sciences and religion at McMurry University and the corporate secretary of the board of trustees of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. A priest of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, he is the author of Toward a Eucharistic Vision of Church, Family, Marriage, and Sex and The Goodness of God’s Creation: How to Live as an Orthodox Christian.