In the last decade, Eastern Orthodoxy has moved from being virtually unknown to Western Christians to being a significant presence on the religious scene in North America and Great Britain. In light of Orthodoxy's growing presence, this book will introduce Western Christians to the Eastern Orthodox vision of the Christian life by examining Orthodox theology and worship. The three parts of the book deal with: tradition as the source of the Orthodox vision; union with God as the heart of the Orthodox vision; and distortions of the Orthodox vision. This book also alerts readers to the cultural and historical factors which influence the way any person or group understands the Christian faith. Throughout, the differences between Eastern and Western cultural mindsets are pointed out as these shape different conceptions of Scripture and the Christian life.