For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy

For the Life of the World: Sacraments and OrthodoxyThe EPub Verision Of This Book On An Approach To The World And Life Within It, Which Stems From The Liturgical Experience Of The Orthodox Church Is A Classic Text The Author Understands Issues Such As Secularism And Christian Culture From The Perspective Of The Unbroken Experience Of The Church, As Revealed And Communicated In Her Worship, In Her Liturgy The Sacrament Of The World, The Sacrament Of The Kingdom Father Alexander Schmemann 1983 Was A Prolific Writer, Brilliant Lecturer, And Dedicated Pastor Former Dean And Professor Of Liturgical Theology At St Vladimir S Orthodox Theological Seminary, His Insight Into Contemporary Culture And Liturgical Celebration Left An Indelible Mark On The Christian Community Worldwide.

Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann was a prominent Eastern Orthodox theologian and priest of the Orthodox Church in America.

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  • For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy
  • Alexander Schmemann
  • English
  • 21 February 2018

10 thoughts on “For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy

  1. says:

    This is the best book on worldview I have ever read Hands down I come from a protestant background but most protestants argue for worldview in gnostic categories Even the most creational of them merely reduce the Christian faith to the intellectual This is the oldest heresy the church faced gnosticism Fr Schmemann, on the other hand, demonstrates how the Christian worldview cannot be separated from the earthly elements of the faith the sacraments For him, the world is sacramental The sacraments are life to the world My favorite part was the discussion on the Eucharist I almost felt like I had entered the very throne room itself Behind the pages was a glimpse at how t...

  2. says:

    Simply put, this is one of the greatest books of any genre I have ever read I am not sure how even to begin describing this incredible book Ultimately it is about living all of life liturgically and understanding the world as sacrament We come to know the world through the lived liturgy of the Church In this book, Schmemann rejects the false dichotomies between secular and religious, nature and grace, supernatural and natural He orients the reader to living life liturgically I feel as if I am just jumping around trying to find a good way to describe this book and I realize that I cannot do it justice Perhaps a few quotations will help to explain the profound nature of this book If the Church is truly the newness of life the world and nature as restored in Christ it is not, or rather ought not be, a purely religious institution in which to be pious, to be a member in good standing, means leaving one s own personality at the entrance in the check room and replacing it with a worn out, impersonal, neutral good Christian type personality Piety in fact may be a very dangerous thing, a real opposition to the Holy Spirit who is the Giver of Life of joy, movement and creativity and not...

  3. says:

    The final sentence says it all A Christian is the one who, wherever s he looks, finds Christ and rejoices in Him And this joy tranforms all his her human plans and programs, desicisons and actions, making all his her mission the sacrament of the world s return to Him who is the life of the world.

  4. says:

    There are few books that I can point to as paradigm shifters Perhaps Ridderbos Paul, Van Til s Christian Apologetics, John Frame s Doctrine of God, and Mouw s He Shines In All That s Fair are the few that exploded my understanding of God s work in the world, both in terms of His work in creation and redemption Schmemann s For the Life of the World has done just that for me.For all of the material available on the subject of the sacraments, to my knowledge Schmemann s work alone analyzes the elements from a teliological perspective Rather than focusing on the form and function of the sacraments i.e what constitutes a sacrament, who may partake of it, and how is it partaken , Schmemann carries the discussion a step further by considering why God, in His wisdom, purposed the sacraments in the first place.Rather than an abbreviated and parenthetical episode in what is other the Christians Spiritual process of salvation throughout life, the sacraments offer both an eschatological perspective as to the original and ultimate purpose of the creation a temple to bless God and man Within this rubric, one can see that the sacraments themselves foreshadow the future vision that all of reality will be sacramental One need only recall Zechariah s vision of the holy cooking utensils Zech 14 20 to see that God s plan of ...

  5. says:

    Outside of Scripture, the first 10 or so pages of this book are the most important words I ve ever read.I d join the Orthodox Church, but that would be so Protestant of me that it seems wise to stay put.

  6. says:

    Great spiritual devotional read And the secret is that it s Evangelical

  7. says:

    If you ve ever wondered what the big deal is about sacraments, look no further Slim but impactful I can t say it s easy reading, but that s less because of the prose and because Fr Schmemann s paradigm rejects so many prevailing cultural assumptions.I think part of what makes this such a hard volume to review is that it s so short to begin with the main text is only 144 pages long It s not a long, drawn out theological argument, and it was never intended to be Schmemann originally published it as a conference study guide on Christian world view in 1963, and its ensuing popularity including underground publication in the Soviet Union , convinced him to reissue it a decade later The text is unchanged the only additions seem to be an explanatory preface and two essays appended to the end.Because it s so short, I find myself throwing my hands up in the air to the tune of just go read the darn thing But, I owe it at least to myself, if to no one else to at least try to articulate my response in words the very purpose of this essay is to answer, if possible, the question of what life do we speak, ...

  8. says:

    Long understood as one of the decisive texts for both late modern sacramental theology as well as one of the foundational texts for the current antisecular Charles Taylor inspired theological movement see, for instance, Hauerwas, Wells, Smith, et al , Alexander Schmemann s For the Life of the World is a masterful, albeit all too brief, monograph thoroughly mapping the contours of both the ontology of the sacraments alongside the history of secularism that result from the Church s misunderstandings of them The work isn t meant to be as much a thorough theology the thorough work underneath it would require at least twice the given space , but presents enough sound grounding to be taken seriously.By re reading the Genesis story with the fullness of Christian thought regarding the sacraments, Schmemann advances not a new theology of sacraments but, as he himself notes, a very old one And the narrative is masterfully accomplished, weaving between Scripture, church history, and respected theologians St Thomas Aquinas of course gets the short end of the stick...

  9. says:

    This is not as much a review of the book as it is my thoughts and what I gained from it This book expanded my understanding of the meaning of sacrament The western understanding has been poisoned by a dichotomy between symbol and that which is signified as well as by a removal of the sacrament itself from its proper liturgical context The symbol i.e Bread and Wine do not point to an invisible grace that is not really present Rather, being a sacrament mysterion , it is a revelation epiphany of God to mankind of the true meaning of food in the case of the Eucharist as well as the entire material world The world and all that is in it is meant to be our means of communion with God Adam did not fulfill his role as a Priest of creation He did not offer this world to God and rejected it as his communion with him while loving the creation for its own sake Whereas Christ in his self emptying Php 2 , abandoning his own human will, subjecting it to the will of his Father, restores man s priestly vocation before God by giving thanks and offering himself Christ being the second Adam restores humanity and that is manifested in the Church It is in the Church where we partake of the Kingdom t...

  10. says:

    Among books that should be required reading for priests entering sacramental ministry, this short book by Fr Alexander Schmemann should be at the top of the list To read Schemann is to discover a true sacramental vision of the world and Life in Christ Seeing as Schmemann sees, one cannot but encounter the effects of secularism and harmful dualisms in one s own vision and thought In that sense, reading Schmemann is akin to attending the sacrament of confession to confess one s blindness in the presence of a priest to receive the counsel of penance to walk in newness of life reconciled to Christ and His Kingdom Thomas Merton recommended that every novice read this book twice and I would add that anyone who reads this work for the first time read slowly and with pencil in hand There will also be occasions to drop both book and pencil a...

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