The Orthodox Christian church is an elegant tapestry of enduring theology, culture, and tradition and is experiencing a worldwide rebirth. In Encountering the Mystery, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I unveils the shroud of mystery surrounding this ancient faith as he explains its 2,000-year history. He traces the roots of Orthodox Christianity to its founding in the first century, while exploring its spirituality, doctrine, liturgy and art. Ultimately Bartholomew, in a unique and unprecedented way, relates Orthodox Christianity to contemporary issues, such as freedom and human rights, social justice and globalization, as well as nationalism and war. Encountering the Mystery is a rich spiritual source that connects the Kingdom of today with the Kingdom of the ages.