Holy Tradition: Ecclesial Experience of Life in Christ

St. Tikhon’s Monastery Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780988457423


Explore Holy Tradition’s vital role within the life of the Orthodox Church. Theology professor Harry Boosalis gives special attention to how Holy Tradition serves as the common fount of the shared spiritual and liturgical life—as well as the theological teachings—that unite all Orthodox as one.

Holy Tradition: Ecclesial Experience of Life in Christ offers a deeper understanding of Holy Tradition and Orthodox theology, engaging a range of important topics such as “Christ as the Core of Holy Tradition,” “Tradition as the Life of the Holy Spirit in the Church,” “Tradition as Personal Participation,” “Holy Tradition and Holy Scripture,” and the proper relationship between Tradition and ethnic customs.

Based on Holy Scripture and patristic teaching, this study refers to the writings of a wide variety of Orthodox theologians, especially from Eastern European backgrounds. Although intended as introductory lectures for first-year seminarians, the text’s reader-friendly style is ideal for anyone interested in Eastern Christian spirituality and the study of Orthodox theology.

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Continue your study with Harry Boosalis’ introduction to Orthodox theology, Taught by God.

Key Features

  • Discusses Holy Tradition’s vital role within the life of the Orthodox Church
  • Covers a broad range of related topics
  • Refers to the writings of a wide variety of Orthodox theologians
  • Written in an accessible, reader-friendly style


  • Prologue: Holy Tradition Today
  • Introductory Remarks
  • Attempts at a Definition
  • Holy Tradition and “Catholic Consciousness”
  • Holy Tradition as Personal Participation
  • Holy Tradition and Fidelity to the Faith
  • Holy Tradition and Orthodox Monascticism
  • Life in Christ—the Content and Core of Holy Tradition
  • Holy Tradition: The Life of the Holy Spirit within the Holy Church
  • The Life of Tradition and Trinitarian Life
  • Holy Tradition and Holy Scripture
  • Marcion
  • Oral Tradition and Written Tradition
  • “Consensus Patrum,” Liturgical Life and Sacred Hymnology
  • The Role of Ethnic Customs
  • Epilogue: Holy Tradition Tomorrow

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About Harry M. Boosalis

Harry M. Boosalis is professor of dogmatic theology at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania. He earned his MDiv from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and ThD in Orthodox theology from the University of Thessaloniki. He has also written Knowledge of God, Taught by God, Orthodox Spiritual Life, and The Joy of the Holy.


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