The Philokalia: A Classic Text of Orthodox Spirituality

The Philokalia: A Classic Text of Orthodox Spirituality

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The Philokalia (literally qlove of the beautiful or goodq) is, after the Bible, the most influential source of spiritual tradition within the Orthodox Church. First published in Greek in 1782 by St. Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain and St. Macarios of Corinth, the Philokalia includes works by thirty-six influential Orthodox authors from the fourth to fifteenth-centuries such as Maximus the Confessor, Peter of Damascus, Symeon the New Theologian, and Gregory Palamas. Surprisingly, this important collection of theological and spiritual writings has received little scholarly attention. With the growing interest in Orthodox theology, the need for a substantive resource for philokalic studies has become increasingly evident. The purpose of the present volume is to remedy that lack by providing an ecumenical collection of scholarly essays on the Philokalia that will introduce readers to its background, motifs, authors, and relevance for contemporary life and thought.The overwhelming corrective for this impression is the implicit one discussed in the first part of the exposition. ... It advocates neither a breakaway movement, nor a quietist elite. ... It is a manual to sanctity and a door to salvation; one of the many that lead to the treasures of Goda#39;s house, the church. ... provides a fitting conclusion to our exploration illustrating the point that pure prayer, the central concern of the whole Philokalia, is one of the gifts treasured and transmitted in the church.

Title:The Philokalia: A Classic Text of Orthodox Spirituality
Author:Brock Bingaman, Bradley Nassif
Publisher:Oxford University Press - 2012-06-26


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