July 13, 2020


Holy Cross Orthodox Press at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology has just released an important and timely book, For the Life of the World: Toward a Social Ethos of the Orthodox Church, with the blessing of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. 

This publication, edited by eminent theologians Dr. David Bentley Hart and Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, imparts a much-needed roadmap for navigating modern-day challenges with the wisdom of the Orthodox spiritual tradition. It delves into such critical issues as racism, poverty, injustice, human rights, reproductive technology, bioethics, and climate change. 

The book is the culmination of the work of a special commission of theologians appointed by His All-Holiness to prepare a document on the social doctrine of the Orthodox Church. The commission included Dr. James C. Skedros, Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Professor of Byzantine Studies and Professor of Early Christianity at Holy Cross.

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America concludes his foreword to the book by saying, “This text offers to the reader, who is willing to listen, insight and guidance on how to participate in life in the world, all the while enjoying life in the Spirit. It is my prayer and hope that its enlightened discourse will spur all of us to lift our sights to our higher purpose, to the better angels of our nature, and to richer and deeper communion with God and with one another.”

For the Life of the World can be ordered online or by phone from Holy Cross Bookstore at www.holycrossbookstore.com or 1-800-245-0599. Email inquiries should be sent to bookstore@hchc.edu.