Andrew Walker / Kostas Karras (eds.), Living Orthodoxy in the Modern World, Athens: Estia Publications, 2001, 272 pages.
This book, titled Living Orthodoxy in the Modern World, states from the outset that it includes messages by important theological personalities of Orthodoxy, deriving from the living experience and reality of the Orthodox tradition. Virtually all authors were born and live in countries of the western world. Some are Orthodox because of their family tradition while others came to Orthodoxy as adults through their personal quest. This book was first published in English and almost five years later in Greek with some additions and changes in its structure and content. The foreword to the texts is by the Ecumenical Patriarch. As he characteristically refers: “in a period of religious indifference and metaphysical drought, it is most significant that these twelve texts approach very specific issues and handle them in an acceptable way so that the Orthodox testimony… becomes property of every honest reader”.
After the Foreword by the Ecumenical Patriarch follows an Introduction by Andrew Walker with the title: “The Prophetic Role of Orthodoxy. The Aspect of Diaspora”. The twelve articles have been written by the following authors and analyze the issues below: 1) Gillian Crow, The Orthodox Vision of Catholicity, 2) Anastasios (Yannoulatos), The Relation of Orthodoxy to the other Religions, 3)Vassilios, Bishop of Sergievo, Living in the Future, 4) Athanasios (Yevtits), Metropolitan of Herzegovina, The Eschata in Our Daily Life, 5) Kallistos (Ware), The Great Lent and Consumer Society, 6) Anthony (Bloom), Death and Perdition, 7) H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr., An Orthodox Approach to Bioethics, 8) Jamie Moran, Orthodoxy and Modern Psychology of Depth, 9) Andrew Louth, Orthodoxy and Art, 10) Ioannis (Zizioulas), Man, Priest of Creation. A Contribution to the Discussion of the Ecological Problem, 11) Kostas Karras, Holy Trinity, Church and Politics in a secularized World and 12) Anthony (Bloom), The People of God.
The book closes with the biographies of the authors.