The Inner Kingdom

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St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2000 - Religion - 230 pages
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This work is a revised and expanded version of a book that has appeared in several languages. It focuses on themes central to Eastern Christian worship and spiritual life. The first three chapters provide insights on death, bereavement and resurrection in Christ; and repentance. Chapters four and five invite the reader into the world of desert ascetics and hesychast monks. Combining schoarly rigor with practical counsels on prayer, Bishop Ware makes the wealth of this traditonal accessible to today's Christians. The next three chapters concern personal vocation, martyrdom, spiritual fatherhood and the strange path of the fool for Christ's sake. There follows brief essays on the theology of time and the spiritual purposes of higher education. The final chapters is a challenging discussion of Origen and SS Gregory of Nyssa, Isaac the Syrian and Silouan the Athonite, and in coversation with them asks, dare we hope for the salvation of all.

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User Review  - Michael Lujan - Goodreads

This was one of the first books I read on my journey into Orthodoxy. I mistook it for an introduction to the faith, which it is not, not at least formally. But it served as a good introduction for me ... Read full review

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User Review  - Justin Morgan - Goodreads

An extremely readable collection of essays by the famous author of The Orthodox Church, probably the most influential introduction to the Eastern Tradition written in English. That being said, this is ... Read full review

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