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  1. On Christian ethics

    On Christian ethics

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    Jacob N. Van Sickle, a scholar specializing in Early and Byzantine Christianity. is a PhD Candidate in Historical Theology at Saint Louis University. He earned his MDiv and ThM from St Vladimir's Seminary. Learn More
  2. Give Me a Word. The Alphabetical Sayings of the Desert Fathers

    Give Me a Word. The Alphabetical Sayings of the Desert Fathers

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    For many years John Wortley (b. 1934) taught medieval history at the University of Manitoba. Now professor emeritus, he still serves as a priest of the Anglican / Episcopal Church. Of his many translations from Greek he is best known for John Skylitzes: A Synopsis of Byzantine History 811–1057, Cambridge University Press, 2010. Learn More
  3.  Watchful Mind: Teachings on the Prayer of the Heart

    Watchful Mind: Teachings on the Prayer of the Heart

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    Written by an anonymous priest-monk living in asceticism on the Holy Mountain of Athos, The Watchful Mind is the fruit of a life of deep prayer. The unknown writer was a hesychast—a practitioner of stillness and the Jesus Prayer—and in these pages he shares with readers his hidden life, a life filled with spiritual struggles, ecstatic experiences, and mystical revelations. Moved by a burning love for Christ, the author does not give us a neatly composed reflection on the spiritual life, but rather an account of his own passionate search. This deeply personal book is an account of one holy man’s unique journey in the life of contemplation. It touches on many aspects of the spiritual and ascetic life, particularly the hesychastic themes of watchfulness, spiritual warfare, and the prayer of the heart. This profound book written in 1851 and preserved in the library of our Sacred Monastery of Saint Xenophon represents the fruit of holy and spiritual revelations, painful struggles, and divine experiences and ascents of this humble, unknown ascetic of the Holy Mountain. —Very Rev. Archimandrite Alexios, Abbot of St Xenophon, Mount Athos Nepsis or “watchfulness”—attentiveness through vigilance and stillness—is the heart of spiritual prayer and comprises the essence of the message of the Philokalia. This littleknown text by an unknown author demonstrates that, beyond the recent revival of monasticism on Mount Athos, the prayer of the heart never abated there through the centuries. Indeed, the “method” of contemplation (theoria) has always remained vibrant in the lives of numerous unseen and unheard hermits. —Rev. Dr John Chryssavgis The Rev. Dr George Dokos received his doctorate in theology from the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki. He has published several works of St Nikodemos the Hagiorite and currently serves the parish of Sts Peter & Paul in Boulder, CO. Learn More
  4. On Difficulties in the Church Fathers: The Ambigua, Volume II

    On Difficulties in the Church Fathers: The Ambigua, Volume II

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    Maximos the Confessor (580–662) occupies a unique position in the history of Byzantine philosophy, theology, and spirituality. His profound spiritual experiences and penetrating theological vision found complex and often astonishing expression in his unparalleled command of Greek philosophy, making him one of the most challenging and original Christian thinkers of all time. So thoroughly did his thought come to influence the Byzantine theological tradition that it is impossible to trace the subsequent history of Orthodox Christianity without knowledge of his work. The Ambigua (or “Book of Difficulties”) is Maximos’s greatest philosophical and doctrinal work, in which his daring originality, prodigious talent for speculative thinking, and analytical acumen are on lavish display. In the Ambigua, a broad range of theological topics—cosmology, anthropology, the philosophy of mind and language, allegory, asceticism, and metaphysics—are transformed in a synthesis of Aristotelian logic, Platonic metaphysics, Stoic psychology, and the arithmetical philosophy of a revived Pythagoreanism. The result is a labyrinthine map of the mind’s journey to God that figured prominently in the Neoplatonic revival of the Komnenian Renaissance and the Hesychast Controversies of the Late Byzantine period. This remarkable work has never before been available in a critically based edition or English translation. Nicholas Constas, editor and translator. Learn More
  5. On Difficulties in the Church Fathers: The Ambigua, Volume I

    On Difficulties in the Church Fathers: The Ambigua, Volume I

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    Maximos the Confessor (580–662) occupies a unique position in the history of Byzantine philosophy, theology, and spirituality. His profound spiritual experiences and penetrating theological vision found complex and often astonishing expression in his unparalleled command of Greek philosophy, making him one of the most challenging and original Christian thinkers of all time. So thoroughly did his thought come to influence the Byzantine theological tradition that it is impossible to trace the subsequent history of Orthodox Christianity without knowledge of his work. The Ambigua (or “Book of Difficulties”) is Maximos’s greatest philosophical and doctrinal work, in which his daring originality, prodigious talent for speculative thinking, and analytical acumen are on lavish display. In the Ambigua, a broad range of theological topics—cosmology, anthropology, the philosophy of mind and language, allegory, asceticism, and metaphysics—are transformed in a synthesis of Aristotelian logic, Platonic metaphysics, Stoic psychology, and the arithmetical philosophy of a revived Pythagoreanism. The result is a labyrinthine map of the mind’s journey to God that figured prominently in the Neoplatonic revival of the Komnenian Renaissance and the Hesychast Controversies of the Late Byzantine period. This remarkable work has never before been available in a critically based edition or English translation. Nicholas Constas, editor and translator. Learn More
  6. The Making of the New Testament: Church, Gospel and Canon

    The Making of the New Testament: Church, Gospel and Canon

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    “This book is a truly remarkable ‘short study’ telling the extraordinary story of the making of the New Testament in the light of the rise and growth of the ancient universal Church. Its impeccable academic quality is accompanied in every chapter by the profound hermeneutical insights provided by the life of the Church and the patristic-biblical-exegetical heritage. I am sure that [it] will be spiritually edifying and theologically informative, connecting the readers to the New Testament, the eternal sacred text of the Church, and the absolute Word of God.” From the Foreword by Archbishop Demetrios Trakatellis Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America “Fr. Theodore Stylianopoulos’ new book is an extraordinary study––short, concise, complete, carefully and fairly written. It synthesizes the fruits of a lifetime of rigorous historical-critical scholarship together with a lifetime of faith, worship, and service in the Church that canonized the twenty-seven New Testament writings which in turn, each in its own way, bears witness to the Church’s evangelical “canon of faith” summed up in the apostolic gospel. I recommend this rare achievement to everyone interested in this crucial subject that remains as controversial today as ever.” Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, New York “The Making of the New Testament is essential reading for anyone seriously interested in the current state of Orthodox biblical studies. Scholarly but readable, balanced but passionately argued, the book explores the organic interdependence of the nascent Church and the writings that would become our New Testament––an interdependence based on and expressive of the apostolic gospel in all its fullness.” Rev. Dr. John Erickson Peter N. Gramowich Professor of Church History, Emeritus, and former Dean of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary Learn More
  7. Holiness: Is it Attainable Today?

    Holiness: Is it Attainable Today?

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    In all of his writings, Fr. Moses is an eloquent and dynamic exponent of Orthodox Christianity. Not only is his literary style succinct and delightful, but, more importantly, his Orthodox theology is crystal clear, well balanced, and extraordinarily convincing for the existential condition of contemporary man. The theme and the premise of this beautiful book are truly inspiring and full of consolation and spiritual joy for those who would take up the struggle for an authentic spiritual life that is truly Orthodox and therefore also truly Christian. The answer to the question in this book's title is a resounding "Yes!" Holiness is indeed attainable today, as the readers of this book will see for themselves. - From the translator's foreword by Fr. Peter A. Chamberas Learn More
  8. Explanation of the Epistle of St Paul to the Ephesians by Blessed Theophylact of Ochrid S/c

    Explanation of the Epistle of St Paul to the Ephesians by Blessed Theophylact of Ochrid S/c

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    This book is the second volume published in the Chrysostom Press series of Blessed Theophylact's explanation St Paul's Epistles. These works of Blessed Theophylact of Ochrid are standard Orthodox Christian commentaries on the New Testament, condensing the wisdom of the Church since the time of the early Church Fathers. This volume incorporates an expansion of Blessed Theophylact's work by St Nicodemus of Holy Mountain, an 18th century saint who speaks with the same voice as his predecessors. Learn More
  9. Thirty Steps to Heaven: The Ladder of Divine Ascent for all walks of Life

    Thirty Steps to Heaven: The Ladder of Divine Ascent for all walks of Life

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    Many laypeople have attempted to read the great spiritual classic, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, but have been frustrated in attempting to apply the lessons of this monastic text to their everyday lives in the world. In Thirty Steps, Archimandrite Vassilios interprets the Ladder for the ordinary Christian without sacrificing any of its beauty and power. Now you too can accept the challenge offered by St. John Climacus to ascend closer to God with each passing day. Learn More
  10. One Flesh

    One Flesh

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    Salvation through Marriage in the Orthodox Church Is the Church too negative about sex? Beginning with this provocative question, Fr. Lawrence Farley explores the history of the Church’s attitude toward sex and marriage, from the Old Testament through the Church Fathers. He persuasively makes the case both for traditional morality and for a positive acceptance of marriage as a viable path to theosis. About the author: Archpriest Lawrence Farley currently pastors St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church (OCA) in Langley, B.C., Canada. He received his B.A. from Trinity College, Toronto, and his M.Div. from Wycliffe College, Toronto. A former Anglican priest, he converted to Orthodoxy in 1985 and studied for two years at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary in Pennsylvania. He has also published the multivolume Orthodox Bible Study Companion Series, as well as The Christian Old Testament: Looking at the Hebrew Scriptures through Christian Eyes and Let Us Attend: A Journey Through the Orthodox Divine Liturgy. Learn More

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