Mixed Marriage: An Orthodox History offers ‘fascinating’ study of marriage and the Church

30 November 2018 • Yonkers, NY

The new book, Mixed Marriage: An Orthodox History, “will surely become a standard work on the subject,” according to Archpriest John A. McGuckin, visiting research professor at Oxford University and emeritus professor of Byzantine Christian Studies at Columbia University & Union Theological Seminary.

The book, written by Priest Anthony Roeber, is available now through St. Vladimir’s Seminary (SVS) Press. The study explores historical documentation of incidents and practices regarding mixed marriages throughout the history of the Orthodox Church.

“Fr. Roeber’s excellent book offers a lucid and fascinating history of marriage and its relationship to the Church, the authority of the bishop, pastoral practice in relation to the administration of the Mysteries (how can a couple sharing in the sacrament of Orthodox marriage not be allowed thereafter to share in the Eucharist from which it flows?) and how that important, but often ill-defined term of oikonomia can address the issue of mixed marriage today,” said McGuckin.

Fr. Anthony Roeber is professor of Church History at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS). The author of some 50 articles, six books, and three edited volumes, his most recent publications include the co-authored Changing Churches: An Orthodox, Catholic, Lutheran Theological Conversation (Eerdmans, 2012) and Hopes for Better Spouses: Protestant Marriage and Church Renewal in Early Modern Europe, India, and North America (Eerdmans, 2013).