Theological Studies (174)
This major Orthodox contribution to the study of "ethics" takes as its point of departure the concept of "hypostasis" or "person" not only as this is presented in the theology of the Greek Fathers but also as it is experienced in the worship, ascetical life and art of the Orthodox Church. In this perspective, morality is seen not as "an objective measure for evaluating character and behavior, but the dynamic response of personal freedom to the existential truth and authenticity of man." The author states that "freedom carries with it the ultimate possibility of taking precisely this risk: that man should deny his own existential truth and authenticity, and alienate and distort his existence, his being. . . What we call the "morality" of man is the way he relates to this adventure of his freedom. Morality reveals what man "is" in principle, as the image of God, but also what he "becomes" through the adventure of his freedom: a being transformed, or `in the likeness` of God."
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Christians in various western traditions are re-discovering spiritual direction. Yet many have little experience of the living tradition of spiritual fatherhood. The book sets out to learn how Orthodox Christians understand and value their spiritual fathers. Both the people and the spiritual fathers who speak through these pages are part of an ancient tradition in a Church only recently emerged from decades of Communist harassment. While their experience of spiritual fatherhood is uniquely their own, it can be of help to all Christians who seek God by searching out a spiritual father, a bearer of the spirit who knows, and can help others to know, the living God.
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...An academic study of the highest caliber. Believing Christians, who can never know enough about the Nicene Faith, will be deeply grateful for this excellent book.”
— Fr Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus, St Vladimir`s Orthodox Theological Seminary
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The discipline of "bioethics" has developed in response to unprecedented advances made during the past three decades in the area of biomedical technology. Many of those advances have an extraordinary potential for good; nevertheless, much of the new technology has placed us on a dramatic slide down the "slippery slope," from partial-birth abortions to physician-assisted suicide, from surrogate gestation to the cloning of human embryos. How does Orthodox Christianity view these developments?
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A basic English language text suitable for teaching teenagers and adult catechumens, the original Russian edition (which ran for thirty-five years) drew upon many sources in pre-Revolutionary Russia and recognized the need to confirm the believer`s faith in a sea of heterodoxy, skepticism, rationalism, and ecumenism.
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This book is devoted to the life and thought of Georges Florovsky. As a Russian intellectual, he was a major figure in that remarkable generation of Russians who after the Russian revolution in emigration in Europe preserved and extended the lively cultural heritage of their native land. As an Orthodox churchman, he was a pioneer leader in the modern ecumenical movement who today is recognized as the most profound Orthodox theologian of the twentieth century.
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THE CHURCH, TRADITION, SCRIPTURE, TRUTH, AND CHRISTIAN LIFE: SOME HERESIES OF EVANGELICALISM AND AN ORTHODOX RESPONSE
This short treatise is an uncompromising and seemingly polemical response to many of the sectarian ideas of Protestant Evangelicalism, a phenomenon with its intellectual roots in the Reformation but its ethos in American folk religion. Evangelicalism takes many of its theological ideas - its novel ecclesiology, its notion of Scriptural primacy, and its emphasis on personal revelation - from the Reformation; many of its more unsavory elements - a disdain for tradition, an appalling ignorance of the Christian East, and a provincialism foreign to Christian universalism - however, are the products of rural American parochialism which characterizes the more militant Evangelical demands, it seems to me, the kind of treatment that this book provides - a treatment less polemical than blunt and honest. To break through the crust of religious and theological prejudice that often covers the fragile core of Protestant apologetics, one must employ heavy and sturdy tools. This book with great care treats the substance of Reformed thought with objectivity and charitably points out its wrong assumptions, its psychological biases and its historical myopia.
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There are, in the Orthodox Church, two ways of theology at which the divine truth might be approached. The first, essential theology, proceeds out of the spirit of the Church, from the very experience of the God-bearing Fathers, who in their theological writings and expressions, bring to full bloom the sweet-scented flower of their spiritual vision. And this flower is nourished by the very Vine of the Faith, rooted in the same vineyard where Saints, Martryrs, and Confessors have toiled for centuries untold and planted in the sure foundation of the Truth itself. Such theology is not the domain of the scholar, nor is it ultimately the concern of the intellect. It cannot be separated from the spiritual life itself.
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One of the most difficult tasks in this age of relativism a relativism that allows, for the most part, no deviations from its intolerant spirit of tolerance is to speak of things that are different and things that are true or unique. The modern spirit is largely one of believing that no one is right, that everything has a little truth, and that truth itself is a relative thing! This spirit tells us how much we have lost in terms of a true understanding of the intellectual spirit. Knowledge is the search for truth: for the unique, singular answer. The ancients sought truth, not as something relative, but as a thing unto itself. Traditional philosophy has been a quest for some universal criterion at least in its more memorable expressions. And Christianity is based on a single pillar which we call the Truth of truths, the ultimate singular criterion of life: Christ. This book takes us back to the quest for truth and tells us why we Orthodox believe that our Church is true to the Church established by the Apostles, why She has historical and spiritual primacy. It does so by pointing out differences and by the bold proclamation of Orthodoxy`s uniqueness. That this is done with scholarly objectivity, a spirit of love for that which differs from Orthodoxy, and with a sense of loyalty to Orthodoxy this is something that commends this book to Orthodox and non-Orthodox alike. It is a book which makes a difficult statement in difficult times in a superb way, with the authority of two outstanding and respected Orthodox scholars. Fr James Thornton
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