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Lev Krevza’s A Defense of Church Unity and Zaxarija Kopystens’kyj’s Palinodia, Parts 1 and 2

Lev Krevza’s A Defense of Church Unity and Zaxarija Kopystens’kyj’s Palinodia, Parts 1 and 2

Edited and translated by Bohdan Strumiński

ISBN 9780916458294

Publication date: 01/28/1996

Lev Krevza’s A Defense of Church Unity (1617), on the Uniate side, and Zaxarija Kopystens’kyj’s Palinodia (1621), a monumental defense of the Eastern Church, are arguably the most erudite, comprehensive, and persuasive works on the ecclesiastical debate between these two groups. This two-volume work illuminates the intense struggle ignited when, at the time of the Union of Brest (1596), a large part of the Ruthenian ecclesiastical hierarchy declared itself in communion with the Roman Catholic Church. Bohdan Struminski provides English translations from the original Ruthenian and Middle Polish texts.

Praise

  • The publication in a clear English translation of two of the most important texts in the polemical battle between supporters and opponents of the Union [of Brest] is…most welcome. The quality of the debate admirably reflects the high standard of Uniate and Orthodox learning in the Commonwealth, with both authors showing themselves to be completely at home in the history of both Latin and Greek churches, and to be fully conversant with religious developments in western Europe. Krevza’s impassioned appeal for church unity should be recognised as a classic text of ecumenism; Kopystens’kyj’s equally scholarly reply demonstrates the difficulties faced by all who would restore the shattered fabric of the Church of the apostles. These splendid volumes will bring a neglected but important area of church history to a wider audience.

    —Robert I. Frost, Ecclesiastical History

Authors

  • Bohdan Struminsky is a research fellow of the Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University.
  • Bohdan Struminsky is a research fellow of the Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University.

Book Details

  • 6 x 9 inches
  • Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute
  • Compiled by Bohdan Strumiński

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