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Anglicanism and Orthodoxy 300 years after the ‘Greek College’ in Oxford

Peter Doll

Springing out of the Anglican Patristic revival in the seventeenth century, this College for Greek Orthodox students in Oxford enjoyed only a brief existence (1699-1705), but its history reflects a vigorous strain of ecumenical activity and theological conviction continuing to the present day. This volume collects the papers from the conference held in 2001 at Worcester College, Oxford, celebrating the three hundredth anniversary of the Greek College. The engagement between Anglicanism and Orthodoxy reveals not only the common foundations in Scripture and the Fathers on which they stand but also the divergent expressions of that shared tradition, shaped as each church has been by the contingencies of history.
Relations between Anglicans and Orthodox did not stop at discussion on Biblical and Patristic theology. The papers in this collection encompass high and low politics, educational theory and practice, architecture, liturgy, ecumenism, as well as cultural imperialism and protectionism. Also included in this collection are documents related to the history of the College, among them translations of original publications previously available only in Greek. Here is to be found hope that in a better understanding of their own as well as one another’s traditions, Anglicans and Orthodox may with greater confidence continue to work together towards rediscovering the unity of the Church.
Contents: W. B. Patterson: Cyril Lukaris, George Abbot, James VI and I, and the Beginning of Orthodox-Anglican Relations – Colin Davey: Metrophanes Kritopoulos and his Studies at Balliol College from 1617 to 1622 – John P. Barron: Archbishop Joseph Georgirenes and the Prehistory of the Greek College – Charles Miller: Educating the English: Dr Thomas Smith and the Study of Orthodoxy in the Seventeenth Century – Ephrem Lash: ‘Incoherent Pageantry’ or ‘sincere Devotion’: Dr John Covel (1638-1722) on the Liturgy in Constantinople – E. D. Tappe: The Greek College at Oxford, 1699-1705 – Ann Shukman: The Non-Jurors, Peter the Great, and the Eastern Patriarchs – Peter M. Doll: ‘The Reverence of God’s House’: The Temple of Solomon and the Architectural Setting for the ‘Unbloody Sacrifice’ – Gregory Woolfenden: Orthodox Influences on Anglican Liturgy – Vasilios N. Makrides: Greek Orthodox Compensatory Strategies towards Anglicans and the West at the Beginning of the Eighteenth Century – Kallistos Ware: The Fifth Earl of Guilford and his Secret Conversion to the Orthodox Church – A. M. Allchin: Orthodox and Anglican: An Uneasy but Enduring Relationship – Edward Every: Derwas Chitty as an Ecumenist – Chad Coussmaker: The Role of the Apokrisarios in Modern Anglican-Orthodox Relations – William B. Green: The Anglican-Orthodox Dialogue and its Future – Richard Chartres: Reflections on the Greek College Conference – Documents: Benjamin Woodroffe: A Draught or Model of a Colledge or Hall to be Settled in the University for the Education of some Youths of the Greek Church - Correspondence on the Greek College. Two Publications by Students of the Greek College, translated with an introduction by Colin Davey - Georgios Aptal/Georgios Maroules: The Sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures - Frangiskos Prossalentis: The Heretical Teacher Cross-Examined by his Orthodox Pupil - Richard Sharp: The Visit of Neophytos, Archbishop of Philippopolis, to England in 1701 - Edward Stephens: Greek College and other Ecumenical Documents - Thomas Rattray: An Office for the Sacrifice of the Holy Eucharist, being the Ancient Liturgy of the Church of Jerusalem.