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This book is a most valuable contribution to what has hitherto been a rather neglected aspect of the Orthodox Faith. Father James sets out the socio-historical context for the teaching of the Fathers on wealth and poverty and the theological presuppositions that undergird the Patristic approach to social problems, and then analyzes the teachings of the Fathers, concluding with some reflections on Saint John of Kronstadt and Saint Elizabeth the Grand Duchess of Russia, two outstanding exemplars of Orthodox charity in the early twentieth century.
The Reverend Dr. James Thornton holds the Diploma and Licentiate in Orthodox Theological Studies from the C.T.O.S., where he is a Research Associate, and a Doctorate in Advanced Pastoral Studies from the San Francisco Theological Seminary. He serves the Holy Trinity Eastern Orthodox Church in Oxnard, California, a parish of the American Exarchate of the Orthodox Church of Greece, Holy Synod in Resistance.