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  1. Christ, Our Way and Our Life: A Presentation of the Theology of Archimandrite Sophrony

    Christ, Our Way and Our Life: A Presentation of the Theology of Archimandrite Sophrony

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    This book is based on my doctoral thesis, entitled The Actualization of the Hypostatic Principle in the Theology of Archimandrite Sophrony, which was submitted at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Thessalonica in 1998. I have wanted since then to proceed to a more complete presentation of Fr. Sophrony's teaching. Perhaps even now I have not succeeded fully in this aim, but I have tried at least to set out the basic themes of his theology. I alone am responsible for any imperfections or omissions apparent in this book. For whatever good it may contain, the praise belongs to my ever-memorable Staretz, who is my life's greatest benefactor. Above all, it is to our Lord Jesus Christ, who manifested to us in its perfection the Pattern, the Model, the Length, and Depth, and Height, of the Person of the Father, that glory is due unto all ages. From the foreward by Archimandrite Zacharias Learn More
  2. Experience of God Vol 6: The Fulfilment of Creation

    Experience of God Vol 6: The Fulfilment of Creation

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    This sixth and final volume of The Experience of God has as its subject what in Western theology are termed "the four last things": death, judgment, heaven, and hell. Fr. Dumitru maintains that, for each one of us, this present life is the time of decisive choice, and yet at the same time there is progress after death. [His] unshakeable faith in the resurrection - in the conclusive victory of life over death - confers on Fr. Dumitru's understanding of the last things a resounding note of hope. Learn More
  3. 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
  4. Becoming Human: Meditations on Christian Anthropology in Word and Image

    Becoming Human: Meditations on Christian Anthropology in Word and Image

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    This book reflects upon various dimensions and implications of the astounding fact that Christ shows us what it is to be God by the way he dies as a human being and, in so doing, simultaneously shows us what it is to be a human being. Connecting the end—“It is finished”—with the beginning—“Let us make a human being” Fr John Behr challenges us to think again about who we are, as male and female, what we are called to become, and the relation between life and death in this journey. Presented in a poetic and meditative manner, adorned by images and offset quotations, this book inclines the reader towards a meditative reading, weighing, rather than skimming, each word and image. The Very Rev. Dr John Behr is the Dean of St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Professor of Patristics, and the Editor of the Popular Patristics Series. He is also the author of The Way to Nicaea, The Nicene Faith and The Mystery of Christ: Life in Death, all available from SVS Press. "In the Church we are still on the road to Emmaus," says Fr John Behr. This is just one of the many striking phrases in this short but far-sighted book. Fr John has the precious gift of expressing profound truths in simple language. I note in particular the way in which he envisages human nature in dynamic terms, not as something "given" once for all, but as an uncompleted project. I shall also remember what he says about death as a starting-point, not an end-point. The text is enhanced by the many illustrations: there is a skillful interplay between word and image. This is a book to read and re-read. ~Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia Learn More
  5. Seer - The Life of the Prophet Samuel and its Relevance Today

    Seer - The Life of the Prophet Samuel and its Relevance Today

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    The Seer describes the life and work of the Prophet Samuel, called 'the Seer' and 'the man of God' by his contemporaries, who lived in the period of the Old Testament and is a saint of our Church. Learn More
  6. Orthodox Understanding of Salvation. “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition.

    Orthodox Understanding of Salvation. “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition.

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    The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation brings together some of Dr. Veniamin’s talks and articles, hitherto available in relatively little-known theological journals and periodicals. Learn More
  7. Light on the Mountain: Popular Patristic Series Number 48

    Light on the Mountain: Popular Patristic Series Number 48

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    Greek Patristic and Byzantine Homilies on the Transfiguration of the Lord Translated by Brian E. Daley. S.J.- Catherine F Husking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame Learn More
  8. Knowing the Purpose of Creation Through the Resurrection

    Knowing the Purpose of Creation Through the Resurrection

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    The present volume is a collection of presentations delivered at the St Maximus the Confessor International Symposium held in Belgrade at the University of Belgrade from 18 to 21 October 2012. The Belgrade Symposium brought together the following speakers: Demetrios Bathrellos, Grigory Benevitch, Calinic Berger, Paul Blowers, David Bradshaw, Adam Cooper, Brian Daley, Paul Gavrilyuk, Atanasije Jevtić, Joshua Lollar, Andrew Louth, John Panteleimon Manoussakis, Maximos of Simonopetra, Ignatije Midić, Pascal Mueller-Jourdan, Alexei Nesteruk, Aristotle Papanikolaou, George Parsenios, Philipp Gabriel Renczes, Nino Sakvarelidze, Torstein Tollefsen, George Varvatsoulias, Maxim Vasiljević, Christos Yannaras, and John Zizioulas. The papers and discussions in this volume of the proceedings of the Belgrade Symposium amply attest to the reputation of Saint Maximus the Confessor as the most universal spirit of the seventh century, and perhaps the greatest thinker of the Church. Twenty eight studies have been gathered in the present volume, which is organized into eight chapters, each of them corresponding to the proceedings of the Symposium, all of which are of intense interest and importance. Chapter One brings to light new evidence regarding the sources, influences, and appropriations of St Maximus’ teaching. His mediatorial role as one of the few genuinely ecumenical theologians of the patristic era is acknowledged and affirmed. Chapter Two offers some crucial clarifications on the relationship between person, nature, and freedom. In Chapter Three we find substantial discussion on body, pathos, love, eros, etc. New interpretive paradigms and insights are proposed in Chapter Four, while the next chapter presents the Confessor’s cosmological perspective in light of modern scientific discoveries. Some important ontological and ecclesiological issues are discussed in Chapter Six, while in Chapter Seven we are able to see what contemporary synthesis is possible through St Maximus’ thought. Chapter Eight offers further readings by engaging younger scholars who did not present their papers at the conference but whose studies were accepted by the organizers. In the final paper we find an important overview of the Symposium with a description of the conference’s flow. In an age of plurality and division, it is particularly important to know what our Tradition—shaped by the Fathers—can teach us. In any such endeavor, Saint Maximus the Confessor stands out as the most important theologian of the so-called Byzantine period. Yet his theology, assimilated and incorporated by Tradition, has relevance beyond any single historical period; in fact, the Confessor’s efforts to mediate between East and West distinguish his work as vital for contemporary theological discourse. Learn More
  9. Experience of God: Vol. 4: The Church: Communion in the Holy Spirit

    Experience of God: Vol. 4: The Church: Communion in the Holy Spirit

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    As we see in this volume and the others that constitute his Dogmatic Theology, Fr. Staniloae is both steeped in the ancient tradition and conversant with his contemporaries...The result in the present volume is a theological work focusing on the Church that draws on the voices of his tradition, studies the reflections of h is contemporaries, and constructs a "traditional" synthesis that is unique and fresh. Fr. Staniloae's work is characterized by that dual fidelity - to the past and to the present - that is the requirement of any theologian of any era. But it is infused by a sense of inspiration that is difficult to find in any modern theological writing. Fr. Staniloae's readers are encountering a voice that is thoroughly reliable in that it is so learned and faithful. But it is a deeply person voice - creative and stunningly, disarmingly free. - Peter C. Bouteneff, St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary Learn More
  10. Empirical Dogmatics Vol 2

    Empirical Dogmatics Vol 2

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    Volume 2 completes the Empirical Dogmatics of the Orthodox Catholic Church by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos, based on the spoken teaching of Fr. John Romanides. It addresses central dogmatic issues in the light of the experience of the Apostles and saints. Fr. John’s approach is unique, lively, and unconventional. Because of his American background, his wide-ranging academic research and his participation in ecumenical dialogues, he sees Orthodox dogma in its wider context. But his words are also illuminated by the mystery of his own experience, which he does not completely succeed in concealing. The Church’s teaching on the Holy Trinity distinguishes between the dogma of the Holy Trinity, which it is possible to understand, and the mystery of the Holy Trinity, which defies human comprehension. The revelation of the Holy Trinity begins in the Old Testament: “It is Christ Who appears to the Prophets...Christ...is the Angel of the Lord, the Lord of Glory, Yahweh, the Lord Sabaoth, the Angel of Great Counsel …” Fr. John reviews the scriptural and patristic teaching on the Creation of the World from non-being. Discussing the Demons of Darkness, he states uncompromisingly: “Being a theologian means first and foremost that someone is an expert in the wiles of the devil.” God’s personal direction of world is a matter of experience: “When someone is in the state of illumination he…sees the uncreated energy of God within creation.” Commenting on the Creation of Man, Fr. John declares that we all possess a noetic faculty (nous) “which is supposed to be in man’s heart, but it is not in the heart when it is not functioning correctly”. The illuminated nous returns to the heart and prays: “When man prays with his rational faculty, that is human prayer...When, however, his nous prays within the heart, then the Spirit is praying.” The Fall of Man does not mean “inheriting the guilt of Adam and Eve. The ancestral sin was not an affront to God, but a sickness of man.” Fr. John argues against St Augustine’s view that death is “a punishment from God” and sets out the evidence that it is an illness. The Incarnation of the Son and Word of God is not just a historical event but “a spiritual event that is confirmed by empirical knowledge”. Analysing the Transfiguration of Christ, Fr. John comments: “We also know these things from the experience of glorification, not simply from reading Holy Scripture.” Christians must personally experience the Mystery of the Cross and Resurrection of Christ. “God is not reconciled with man, but man with God through the mystery of the Cross, and through this reconciliation man is transformed from an enemy of God into His friend, and participates in the Resurrection of Christ.” The Mystery of Pentecost shows that the experience of Pentecost is repeated through the centuries. Fr. John stresses the empirical element of St Paul’s teaching: “For someone to be a temple of the Holy Spirit is an experience. If one reads the Apostle Paul carefully, he is not using empty words every time he describes the Holy Spirit...Who prays in man’s heart...This is the reality.” He also asks: “Without becoming a temple of the Holy Spirit, how can anyone become a theologian?” Fr. John says characteristically: “What is the purpose of Orthodoxy? It is clear from the calendar of feasts. We have Easter and we have Pentecost. Baptism in water takes place at Easter. Baptism in the Holy Spirit takes place at Pentecost... And what is the outcome? The Sunday of All Saints. In other words, that all Orthodox Christians may be numbered among the saints.” The Spiritual Perfecting of Christians analyses the stages of purification, illumination and glorification-theosis. Purification is not just a matter of avoiding sin: “Purification of the heart means that thoughts leave the heart...so that the heart is left...with one thought, prayer alone. This...is called prayer of the heart or single-thought prayer.” Those who reach illumination experience this: “Noetic prayer is a gift from God and is proof that somebody has become a temple of the Holy Spirit.” And someone who is glorified “no longer knows God in prophecies and knowledge and prayers, but knows Him directly. Fr. John takes a historical and spiritual approach to the Mysteries (Sacraments) of the Church, stating: “The Mystery of Chrismation was intended for those who had already become members of the Body of Christ, because it was assumed that the Holy Spirit had already come to them and was praying in their heart.” Heresies and Councils are seen in a therapeutic perspective: “There is no therapeutic treatment in heresy...it is dangerous for people. The Fathers saw heresy as a form of charlatanism...” Considering Life after Death, Fr. John stresses that Paradise and Hell exist from the human point of view, not from God’s perspective. “Someone who is suitably prepared sees God as glory, and someone else, who is unprepared, who does not have repentance and does not have divine vision, also sees God, but sees Him as ‘a consuming fire’. This is the fire of Hell.” Metropolitan Hierotheos arranges all this material clearly and systematically, and links it with his own interpretative and critical comments. The resulting account of Empirical Dogmatics is comprehensive and compelling, with many surprises. This book will appeal not only to theologians but to anyone interested in what Orthodox Christians believe and why. Learn More

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