The Philokalia

The Philokalia : Exploring the Classic Text of Orthodox Spirituality

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The Philokalia (literally "love of the beautiful") 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 such as Maximus the Confessor, Peter of Madascus, 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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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 152 x 236 x 26mm | 680.39g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0195390261
  • 9780195390261

Table of contents

Abbreviations Used ; Foreword: Kallistos Ware ; Introduction: Brock Bingaman and Brad Nassif ; HISTORY ; Chapter One: St. Nikodimos and the Philokalia by Kallistos Ware ; Chapter Two: The Making of the Philokalia: A Tale of Monks and Manuscripts by John Anthony McGuckin ; Chapter Three: The Influence of the Philokalia in the Orthodox World by Andrew Louth ; Chapter Four: Conversing with the World by Commenting on the Fathers: Fr Dumitru Staniloae and the Romanian Edition of The Philokalia by Mihail Neamtu ; THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS ; Chapter Five: The Luminous Word: Scripture in the Philokalia by Douglas-Burton Christie ; Chapter Six: Concerning Those Who Imagine That They Are Justified by Works: The Gospel According to St. Mark - the Monk by Bradley Nassif ; Chapter Seven: The Theological World of the Philokalia by Rowan Williams ; Chapter Eight: Tradition and Creativity in the Construction and Reading of the Philokalia by J.L. Zecher ; Chapter Nine: Becoming a Spiritual World of God: ; The Theological Anthropology of Maximus the Confessor by Brock Bingaman ; Chapter Ten: The Ecclesiology of the Philokalia by Krastu Banev ; Chapter Eleven: Evagrius in the Philocalia of Sts Macarius and Nicodemus by Julia Konstantinovsky ; SPIRITUAL PRACTICES ; Chapter Twelve: The Place of the Jesus Prayer in the Philokalia by Mary B. Cunningham ; Chapter Thirteen: Uses and Abuses of Spiritual Authority in the Writings of St. Symeon the New Theologian by Hannah Hunt ; Chapter Fourteen: Hope for the Passible Self: The Use and Transformation of the Human Passions in the Fathers of the Philokalia by Paul M. Blowers ; Chapter Fifteen: Healing, Psychotherapy, and the Philokalia by Andrew Louth and Chris Cook ; Chapter Sixteen: The Philokalia and Regulative Virtue Epistemology: A Look at Maximus the Confessor by Frederick D. Aquino ; Chapter Seventeen: Women in the Philokalia? by Sr. Nonna Verna Harrison ; Chapter Eighteen: Solitude, Silence, and Stillness: Light from the Palestinian Desert by John Chryssavgis ; Index
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this is an erudite and essential introduction to the history, theology and spirituality contained winin the Philokalia ... and interesting and helpful introduction to a text that has shaped the Orthodox world immensely. From this volume we get a better understanding of a strand of spirituality that is firmly grounded in Scripture, tradition, and the Church, and it sparks interest in the original text and the world that it inhabits. * Deborah Casewell, The Expository Times * This is a fascinating and illuminating volume which will be welcomed by scholars and general readers alike. * Angela Tilby, The Journal of Theological Studies, * This is a first-rate book, which has been very well prepared and researched by its various contributors and is beautifully produced. ... This is altogether a fascinating and outstanding volume, richly endowed with copious references. As such it should provide a sure springboard for further research into the provenance and influence of the * Douglas Dales, Fairacres Chronicles *
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About Bradley Nassif

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