A nice book on St. Irenaeus's theology is "Man and the Incarnation" by
Gustaf Wingren. I read it first in seminary, and it was influential in my
journey to Orthodoxy, though it is not written by an Orthodox author. I
recommended it to my priest, who thought it was very good, too. It used to
be out of print, but is available again. (I just ordered it for myself the
On Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 1:08 PM, Christopher Orr <xcjorr@...> wrote:
> "Light from the Christian East: An Introduction to the Orthodox Tradition"
> by Payton came highly recommended to me. I found it to be a good enough
> introduction to Orthodoxy, but it didn't offer more than what was already
> available. I don't believe he's Orthodox, but if one were looking for a
> non-Orthodox introduction to Orthodoxy I found Clendenin's introductory
> as well as his 'reader' to offer much the same. Payton didn't offer a book
> much shorter than Ware's two introductory classics, but Ware packed in more
> details, an insider's objective view, and was equally readable and better
> written. In short, I don't remember it being either good or bad, it was an
> acceptable introduction with a bad cover and nothing much to differentiate
> it from other texts.
> If you like Irenaeus' "Againt Heresies", you may also want to read through
> the various works of Fr. John Behr, Dean and Professor of Patristics at St.
> Vladimir's Seminary (see http://fwd4.me/04Sn for bio and written work).
> early work was on issues of asceticism and anthropology, focusing on St.
> Irenaeus of Lyons and Clement of Alexandria. His D.Phil. Thesis at Oxford
> was "Godly Lives: Asceticism and Anthropology, with Special Reference to
> Sexuality, in the Writings of St Irenaeus of Lyons and St Clement of
> Alexandria", he wrot*e "Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and
> (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), and he translated and edited* "St
> Irenaeus of Lyons: On the Apostolic Preaching"* (Crestwood: SVS Press,
> 1997). Irenaeus plays a central part in Behr's "The Way to Nicaea", Volume
> 1, 'Formation of Christian Theology' series (which is condensed as "*The
> Mystery of Christ: Life in Death*" (Crestwood, NY: SVS Press, 2006).
> On Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 8:49 PM, Richard <PastorFutrell@...
> > **
> > I came across a new book (well, very old!) of Irenaeus' Againt Heresies
> > translated/revised by James Payton. It looks finally to be a new version
> > Ireneaus' text in current English (with some of the most tedious parts on
> > Gnosticism to be condensed).
> > But then I saw that he also wrote Light from the Christian East: An
> > Introduction to the Orthodox Tradition. Have any of you read this? If so,
> > what is your opinion of the book?
> > R. Futrell
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