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  1. Maximus The Confessor as a European Philosopher

    Maximus The Confessor as a European Philosopher

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    Maximus the Confessor as a European Philosopher. The study of Maximus the Confessor’s thought has flourished in recent years: international conferences, publications and articles, new critical editions and translations mark a torrent of interest in the work and influence of perhaps the most sublime of the Byzantine Church Fathers. It has been repeatedly stated that the Confessor’s thought is of eminently philosophical interest. However, no dedicated collective scholarly engagement with Maximus the Confessor as a philosopher has taken place—and this volume attempts to start such a discussion. Apart from Maximus’ relevance and importance for philosophy in general, a second question arises: should towering figures of Byzantine philosophy like Maximus the Confessor be included in an overview of the European history of philosophy, or rather excluded from it—as is the case today with most histories of European philosophy? Maximus’ philosophy challenges our understanding of what European philosophy is. In this volume, we begin to address these issues and examine numerous aspects of Maximus’ philosophy—thereby also stressing the interdisciplinary character of Maximian studies. Contributors include: Fr. Maximos Constas, Justin Shaun Coyle, Vladimir Cvetković, Natalie Depraz, Demetrios Harper, Michael Harrington, Georgi Kapriev, Karolina Kochańczyk-Bonińska, Nicholas Loudovikos, Andrew Louth, John Panteleimon Manoussakis, Michail Mantzanas, Smilen Markov, Sotiris Mitralexis, Marcin Podbielski, Dionysios Skliris, Georgios Steiris, Stoyan Tanev, Torstein Theodor Tollefsen, Jordan Daniel Wood “This groundbreaking volume correctly identifies an odious convention in the division of disciplines: while major thinkers such as Augustine or Aquinas self-evidently make their way into being part of philosophy’s legacy, equally major thinkers that are categorized as ‘religious’ are exiled to the hermetically sealed domain of theology, even if their contribution to classical philosophical problems is unique, pertinent, and most fecund. The book at hand delivers on its promise of reclaiming Maximus the Confessor for philosophy and of recognizing his oeuvre as a critical contribution to its history; as such, it is one of those endeavors that contribute to nothing less than a paradigm change.” —Grigory Benevich, The Russian Christian Academy for the Humanities “This rich and diverse set of essays goes far in demonstrating not only the depth and nuance of Maximus the Confessor’s philosophical theology in its own context but its relevance to a wide array of contemporary theological concerns. They indicate very well why the study of Maximus has experienced a profound renaissance in the past several years, as this is a thinker whose stature matches the far more studied figures of Augustine and Aquinas. From metaphysics to theological anthropology, from apophaticism to ethics, this collection is a fine contribution to the expanding research on Maximus and will further generate interest in the Confessor among historical theologians, philosophers, and scholars from a wide variety of disciplines.” —Paul M. Blowers, Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan College Learn More
  2. Jesus Christ His Life and Teaching

    Jesus Christ His Life and Teaching

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    Jesus Christ - His Life and Teaching Volume 1 It has been said that Jesus Christ is always actual, and at the same time always anticipating actuality. This is something that Metropolitan Hilarion has made abundantly clear in his monumental six-volume study. As he observes, throughout history there has never been a person about whom so much has been written; and yet the Metropolitan has himself found many new ways to restate, in fresh and vivid terms, the ancient truths about the Savior. This is a remarkable study that deserves to be read with close attention. —Metropolitan Kallistos Ware Learn More
  3. Wellsprings of Religion

    Wellsprings of Religion

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    "I was immediately struck by the modern relevance of this work. Men was writing during the heyday of Soviet Communism, when religion—the Christian faith in particular—was under attack. In our increasingly secularized western society, the same line is peddled by so-called 'New Atheists,' fostered by the media, pandered to by politicians, and bolstered by misconceived notions of political correctness. Forceful and respected counter-voices are needed. This book is a welcome contribution to the defense of faith and reason—particularly the compatibility of science and Christian belief." —William Clegg Professor Emeritus, University of Newcastle, UK -- Fr Alexander Men faced specific challenges to faith in the Soviet Union, but the questions he raises and answers in this volume resonate on a universal level: Does religion belong only to the past? How is religion related to culture? What is faith? How is religion related to science? The Wellsprings of Religion brings Fr Alexander Men's voracious curiosity to bear on the issues of our day, as he seeks to bring Orthodox faith into dialogue with the world at large. This volume is the first in Fr Alexander Men's magnum opus, The History of Religion: In Search of the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In the author's words, "The aim of the work is to sketch out, in an accessible way, the drama of spiritual history...in the light of a holistic Christian worldview...and so the series as a whole can be seen as an attempt at a synthesis of religion, philosophy, and history...[that will] help readers see in the history of religion, not a host of delusions, but streams flowing and carried onwards, as in rivers and brooks, into the ocean of the New Testament." -- FR ALEXANDER MEN (1935-1990) was an Orthodox priest, theologian, and biblical scholar. He was a missionary to his own people, and founded the Orthodox Open University and the Russian Bible Society. He was murdered in 1990, just before the fall of the Soviet Union. Most of his works were published in Russia only after his death. Learn More
  4. The Orthodox Church in the World

    The Orthodox Church in the World

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    This book: The Orthodox Church in the World contains theological talks given by the author in Cyprus, Russia, Romania and Georgia at a variety of conferences. Subjects include: Personalism and Person, Theology as Science and as Charisma, The Hesychastic Life according to St Basil the Great, Bringing Up Children Today, Dogma and Ethics and Orthodox Psychotherapy. There are interviews on Therapy and Truth and The Theology of St Gregory Palamas and the Scholasticism of Barlaam, and the final chapter is devoted to St Paissy Velichkovsky – A Great Hesychast Father who “unites the Holy Mountain with the Balkans and Russia.” An unusual feature of this book is the record of the wide-ranging discussions that took place between the author the audience after each talk. Answers are given on issues of the spiritual life, which will help the clergy, monks and laypeople, parents and young people. True theology can transform society. The author points out to his audience the great importance and value of the Church’s hesychastic tradition, which gives meaning to life. He stresses that Orthodoxy possesses a spiritual therapeutic method for curing human beings so that, once cured, they can meet God as light and Paradise, and not as fire. Curing the human soul is not an individual act, but a method followed within the Church through the Sacraments and asceticism, by which man acquires unity with God. Discerning the depths of his listeners’ hearts and their concerns, the author answers them from his heart, revealing aspects of his own personal life. At the end of the book, prompted by the publication of the book St Paissy Velichkovsky by Professor Antonios-Emilios Tachiaos of the Theological School of the University of Thessaloniki, the author identifies basic points from this impressive and surprising biography of St Paissy, who loved hesychia and the neptic tradition of the Church from his youth. Encounters with Christians in other countries will help us to understand that, as Orthodox Christians, we have the same faith and belong to one spiritual family that transcends nationalism. Learn More
  5. Bearing God

    Bearing God

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    Life and Works of St Ignatius of Antioch The God-Bearer St. Ignatius, first-century Bishop of Antioch, called the “God-bearer,” is one of the earliest witnesses to the truth of Christ and the nature of the Christian life. Tradition tells us that as a small child, Ignatius was singled out by Jesus Himself as an example of the childlike faith all Christians must possess (see Matthew 18:1–4). In Bearing God, Fr. Andrew Damick recounts the life of this great pastor, martyr, and saint, and interprets for the modern reader five major themes in the pastoral letters he wrote: martyrdom, salvation in Christ, the bishop, the unity of the Church, and the Eucharist. Learn More
  6. Theology of Sergius Bulgakov

    Theology of Sergius Bulgakov

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    The present volume is the single best one volume introductory critical study of Bulgakov available now in English. Learn More
  7. Wedding in Cana

    Wedding in Cana

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    On the Power and the Purpose of the First Sign of Jesus Christ. In the present volume, Fr George focuses his attention on the Gospel of John, and specifically the marriage feast in Cana. Learn More
  8. Departure of the Soul: According to the Teaching of the Orthodox Church

    Departure of the Soul: According to the Teaching of the Orthodox Church

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    This book is the first comprehensive presentation of the teachings of over 120 Orthodox Saints and dozens of holy hierarchs, clergy, and theologians on the subject of the soul’s exodus to the next life. Learn More
  9. Theology of the Body

    Theology of the Body

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    Larchet traces the contours of this complex subject using Scripture and the Church Fathers. He situates the meaning and purpose of our bodies in the cosmic drama of salvation, without losing sight of the everyday activities that use and honor—or dishonor—the human body. We are created as an integral whole: body, soul, and spirit. From the ancient Gnostics to contemporary alternative views of the human person, this integrity of the human person has always been challenged. The holistic vision presented in these pages is a timely reminder of the eternal truths found in Scripture and tradition. Learn More
  10. Liturgy of Death

    Liturgy of Death

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    “For the Orthodox Church, the time has arrived not to reform the liturgy of death, nor to modernize it (God forbid!), but simply to rediscover it. Father Alexander Schmemann was a prolific writer, brilliant lecturer and dedicated pastor. Former dean and professor of liturgical theology at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary, he passed away in 1983 at the age of sixty-two. Father Alexander Schmemann’s insight into contemporary culture, church life, and liturgical celebration left an indelible mark on the Chrisitian community worldwide. Learn More

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