Theological Studies (181)
A number of years have passed since Fr Alexander Schmemann's untimely death on December 13, 1983 at the age of sixty-three. Fr Schmemann was known for his many-faceted and eloquent gifts as preacher, professor and priest. His insight into contemporary culture, church life and liturgical celebration left an indelible mark on generations of Christians.
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This is the first comprehensive work on Eastern Orthodoxy in the context of health and modern medicine. The book is written to help Orthodox people understand more fully the relation of their tradition to the issues of health and medicine, as well as for those with a general interest in this formative tradition. Of particular note is the emphasis here on the continuously maintained tradition and practice of spiritual healing in the Orthodox Church. Whether through the healings of the saints or through the liturgical tradition of concern for the sick, especially in the sacrament of healing itself, Holy Unction, Orthodox Christianity attends to the concrete and interrelated reality of human illness in its spiritual, psychological, and physical dimensions.
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[The] uneasy relationship between Orthodoxy and critical theology is being transcended in some of our younger Orthodox theologians. The most striking, and hopeful, example is the work by John Behr. Professor Behr does not take refuge in easy answers and his Orthodoxy is radical not conservative... This is, therefore, a demanding book, requiring of its readers careful attention: but such attention will be richly repaid.”
— Andrew Louth, from the Foreword
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The feast of the baptism of Jesus is the second most ancient liturgical celebration and is among the major mysteries of Christ. The synoptics mention Jesus` baptism in the Jordan, and John`s Gospel gives a report of it, indicating its importance.
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By linking together a series of brilliantly chosen texts from the early centuries of the Church, the author lays bare the roots of the deeply mystical spirituality that has flourished among Christians throughout the ages. This is a book that will appeal to anyone who is interested in the field of spirituality; it is a masterly contribution to Christian scholarship.
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It is now only too evident that the revolutionary changes in mental outlook that took place in western Christendom some three or four centuries ago, and that produced the modern scientific movement, are the major cause of the ecological crisis in which the world finds itself today. Yet the terrifying consequences of the practical exploitation of modern science are usually attributed not to modern science as such — and still less to the mental picture of the universe which it presupposes — but simply to its misapplication and abuse. We are even told, with a naïvety that is as inconsequential as it is typical, that modern science must be good because what is true cannot be evil, and since modern science works, or produces results, it must be true.
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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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