New Book: On the Reception of the Heterodox into the Orthodox Church: The Patristic Consensus and Criteria (+VIDEO)

Florence, Arizona, July 26, 2023

Photo: Photo: A new book entitled, On the Reception of the Heterodox Into the Orthodox Church: The Patristic Consensus and Criteria is now available from Uncut Mountain Press.

The questions surrounding how to receive converts from other Christian denominations—whether Sacraments exist outside the Church, when to use economia, and so on—are among the most pressing questions of our day, as thousands are converting to the Church annually and opinions vary widely.

With its new publication, Uncut Mountain Press provides a comprehensive examination of the teaching of the Church on the reception of heterodox converts, with discussions of the Ecumenical Councils, local councils, canons, Church Fathers and saints, both Eastern and Western, from the entire history of the Church.

The book is now available from Uncut Mountain Press in hardcover, softcover, and digital formats.

Orders placed by July 30 will also receive a collection of bonus materials, including early access to interviews, on article on Fr. Seraphim (Rose) and his views on the reception of converts and “corrective Baptisms,” and more. Customers who order by July 30 are also offered to purchase a bundle of 12 e-books at 70% off.

Watch a video trailer for On the Reception of the Heterodox Into the Orthodox Church:

The press also gives an overview of the book:

What is more important to the Church than the Mysteries of Initiation into the organic union and life in Christ?

Thus, most certainly of universal interest is that the manner of reception of the heterodox be based solely upon the patristic consensus and criteria. Indeed, the very foundation and future of the Church depends on faithfulness to this life and faith once received. For these and other reasons this work is essential reading for every Orthodox Christian.

In over 20 chapters, with over 700 references and 165 bibliographical sources, On the Reception of Heterodox into the Orthodox Church masterfully takes the reader from the evangelical words of the Apostles through the centuries of patristic witness and historical events into the mind of Christ. Included in the examination are the canons of the Ecumenical Councils and Fathers, the Apostolic canons, the principle of economy, the 1620 and 1666 Moscow Councils, the 1484 Council of Constantinople and 1672 Council of Jerusalem, the 1755 Council of the Three Patriarchs, the post-17th century state of ecclesiology, the witness of contemporary saints and much more.

What is presented, and at stake, is nothing less than the identity of the Theanthropic Body of Christ and thus the salvation of Her members and the world.

The book has already received positive reviews from hierarchs and clergy:



Visit Uncut Mountain Press for a free preview of the book and to place an order.

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