Diarmaid MacCulloch is Emeritus Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford. His History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years won the 2010 Cundill Prize; he was knighted in 2012. His Thomas Cromwell: A Life was published in 2018. (July 2020)

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The Vitality of Orthodoxy

An icon of Christ from the Serbian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity and St. Spyridon, Trieste, Italy, nineteenth century

The Eastern Orthodox Church: A New History

by John Anthony McGuckin
If you are a stranger to Orthodox Christianity, I recommend reading the final chapter of John McGuckin’s The Eastern Orthodox Church first. That’s the quickest way to enter a devotional and theological world frequently misunderstood, as much by those who know only Western Christianity’s many varieties as by those unfamiliar …