Glimpses into the Unknown: Eastern Christianity and Its Spiritual Traditions

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Glimpses into the Unknown: Eastern Christianity and Its Spiritual Traditions

  • The Catholic University of America
12 Lectures (4 Discs)
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This brilliantly taught course invites you into the rich spiritual world of Eastern Christianity.

Tracing their history back to the Apostolic Age, Eastern Christian Churches keep alive ancient traditions. The modern world has much to learn from Eastern Christians: their perspectives are fresh yet steeped in history, familiar yet unique.

Despite its origins in the East, the narrative of Christianity too often focuses on Western traditions. Now, this course offers you a glimpse into the living faith of the Eastern Christian Churches. In 12 lectures, you will join award-wining professor Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos, an Orthodox priest who teaches at The Catholic University of America.

Under his guidance, you will explore the Eastern spiritual perspectives on such topics as scripture, monasticism, prayer, liturgy, salvation, repentance, and the saints. By looking at these themes through a new lens, you will discover what makes Eastern Christianity different from and similar to Western Christianity.

Scholarly yet accessible, these engaging lectures invite you to encounter these traditions and practices firsthand. As you uncover the treasures of Eastern Christianity, you will enrich your own faith and daily life.

Today, millions of indigenous Christians live out the Gospel in homelands hostile towards their faith—a faith for which many die as martyrs. These lectures will help you recognize these Eastern Christians as your brothers and sisters in faith.

Let the faith of your fellow Christians inspire your own as you bear witness to Christ.

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Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • Introduction to Eastern Christianity
  • The Scriptures
  • Monasticism
  • The Jesus Prayer, Part I
  • The Jesus Prayer, Part II
  • Sacramental Life
  • Theosis: Salvation
  • Metanoia as a Paradigm of Christian Life
  • Fasting and Feasting
  • Mary and the Saints
  • Iconography
  • Conclusion: Does This All Matter?
About Your Presenter

Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos earned a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame, an M.Div. from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and a B.A. in Religious Studies from Hellenic College. While at the University of Notre Dame, he taught the course “The Spirituality of the Christian East: Experience, Form, and Expression,” for which he received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Kaneb Award for Excellence in Teaching. He currently teaches Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology at The Catholic University of America. He was previously a visiting professor at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University and an assistant professor of liturgy at the Ecclesiastical Academy of Athens.


Fr. Alexopoulos also served as a parish priest in Greece, where he taught for the College Year in Athens Program at the Greco-Roman Program of the College of Saint Benedict and St. John’s University, and for the Pastoral Institute of the Archdiocese of Athens, Church of Greece. He is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy and the Society of Oriental Liturgy. His work has appeared in English, Greek, German, and Russian. Since 2009, he has been actively involved ...

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Great introduction. Covers many topics. Very rich history and endless depths to be explored. Review by Paul (Posted on 12/11/2017)
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