study on the Byzantine Empire and its impact on the Christian East,
discussing Byzantine political ideology; the encounter with Islam
and the Latin West; Byzantine theology, spirituality, and
ecclesiology. An essay proving comprehension of the book and
personal thoughts on the contents is required.
of Early Christian Beliefs
student shall use this textbook to explain the early beliefs that
existed in the Christian Church both during and immediately after the
lives of the apostles. Essay required.
book covers the early Christian prayers that commenced in the New
Testament. It addresses prayers from the New Testament,
Second-Century, Apocrypha, Greek Sources, Syriac and Coptic Sources,
Latin Liturgies, and more. Essay and opinion are required.
Church Fathers: From Philokalia
anthology is a book for slow reading and deep attention. The contents
are designed to deepen and strengthen awareness and understanding of
the practice of prayer of the Heart. Essay and opinion required.
student may select the textbook or request one from SMSC. The essay
must contain a history of iconography, the philosophy that governs
it, the symbolism of iconography, and show ten examples of religious
or sacred iconography in the essay submitted.
News About Injustice
is an international study on mind-blowing horrors of child
prostitution, state-sponsored religious persecution, racial violence,
torture and genocide. It takes a look at the Christian role of
assisting the victims in these atrocities, and the role of God. Essay
Peace Let Us Pray to the Lord
is an Orthodox Interpretation of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Essay
after Death & Salvation
course requires the reading of this small book on the subject matter
required. The essay will explain what has been read, and a separate
chapter is required on the subject of "salvation" as taught
by the Orthodox or Roman Catholic Church.
for God: Reflections on Bible, Ethics, and Liturgy
book examines the ethical and moral dilemmas facing believers who
live in the flesh but not for the flesh. The book covers many topics
including Jesus' Birth, Problem of Life-Support, and Prayer
in Spirit. An essay and opinion is required.
as Path to Holiness
study concerns itself with the good spirituality of the married
couple and how this estate can be a path to holiness. Essay required.
in the Last Days
of Miracles of the Mother of God and of Saints. This book is about
the Last days and the miracles associated with the call by the Virgin
Mary and the Saints to repentance and a return to living out of
Christ's Gospel. Essay and opinion required.
is an introduction and explanation on the writing of icons. Note:
Orthodox never say the "painting" of icons because they are
written art that tell stories. This book also contains many examples
of popular icons found in churches today. Essay required.
book contains questions from real people, and answers to them, on the
beliefs of the Orthodox Christian Church. It covers topics such as A
Trinity of Divine Persons in One God; Creation; Saints; Heaven and
Hell; End Times and Christ's Second Coming; and Theology and
Life. Essay and opinion required. This textbook can also be
used as an alternate study in Ministry and Religious Studies.
terminology and explanations used in ecclesial and pastoral
situations that requires the student's interpretation and thoughts on
ten terms found within the book.
Church: 455 Questions and Answers
concise and comprehensive study on the Orthodox faith put into a
question and answer format. Student will select twenty topics and
then expound on them in an essay.
of Christian East
overview and detailed study of the rich and varied traditions,
spiritualities, and theological emphases of Eastern Christendom.
Essay and opinion required.
Church Fathers on Prayer and Spirituality
Syriac fathers offer the modern heirs of both Latin and Grek
Christendom new, yet ancient and enduring, insights on prayer and the
spiritual life. Essay and opinion required
Eastern Orthodox Church: Thought & Life
is an in-depth study on the Eastern Orthodox Church. Essay required.
book illustrates the lives, works, journeys, and deaths of the first
bishops in the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church – the Holy
Apostles. Essay required.
Orthodox Church Meyendorff
book addresses the past and the role of the Orthodox Church in the
world today. It covers great events and the principle stages in its
history of nearly two thousand years. Essay required.
Orthodox Church Kallistos
is an in-depth study on the history and beliefs of the Eastern
Orthodox Church. Essay required.
Truth – The Way
is a two-textbook course. One covers what every Roman Catholic should
know about the Orthodox Catholic Church, and the other what every
Protestant should know about the faith. This book answers many
questions for the convert or those taking instructions. Essay and
Truths We Hold
book covers the many topics in the Orthodox Catholic Church, e.g.,
The Twelve Major Holy Days, Feasts of the Church, Liturgy and
Worship, Traditions, History of the Church, and Monastic Life.
Essay required proving comprehension of the book.