The Philokalia: A Classic Text of Orthodox Spirituality

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Brock Bingaman, Bradley Nassif
Oxford University Press, Jun 26, 2012 - Religion - 384 pages
The Philokalia (literally "love of the beautiful or good") is, after the Bible, the most influential source of spiritual tradition within the Orthodox Church. First published in Greek in 1782 by St. Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain and St. Macarios of Corinth, the Philokalia includes works by thirty-six influential Orthodox authors from the fourth to fifteenth-centuries such as Maximus the Confessor, Peter of Damascus, Symeon the New Theologian, and Gregory Palamas. Surprisingly, this important collection of theological and spiritual writings has received little scholarly attention. With the growing interest in Orthodox theology, the need for a substantive resource for philokalic studies has become increasingly evident. The purpose of the present volume is to remedy that lack by providing an ecumenical collection of scholarly essays on the Philokalia that will introduce readers to its background, motifs, authors, and relevance for contemporary life and thought.

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St Nikodimos and the Philokalia
A Tale of Monks
The Influence of the Philokalia in the Orthodox World
Scripture in the Philokalia
Concerning Those Who Imagine That They Are Justified
The Theological World of the Philokalia
Evagrius in the Philokalia of Sts Macarius and Nicodemus
The Place of the Jesus Prayer in the Philokalia
Uses and Abuses of Spiritual Authority in the Writings
The Use and Transformation
Healing Psychotherapy and the Philokalia
Women in the Philokalia?
Light from the Palestinian

Tradition and Creativity in the Construction and Reading
The Theological
The Ecclesiology of the Philokalia

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Brock Bingaman is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Religious Studies Program Director at Wesleyan College. Bradley Nassif is Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at North Park University.

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