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The Philokalia, Volume 2: The Complete Text #2020

The Philokalia Volume The Complete Text The Philokalia is a collection of texts written between the fourth and the fifteenth centuries by spiritual masters of the Orthodox Christian tradition First published in Greek in then translate

  • Title: The Philokalia, Volume 2: The Complete Text
  • Author: G.E.H. Palmer Kallistos Ware Philip Sherrard
  • ISBN: 9780571154661
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Philokalia, Volume 2: The Complete Text By G.E.H. Palmer Kallistos Ware Philip Sherrard, The Philokalia is a collection of texts written between the fourth and the fifteenth centuries by spiritual masters of the Orthodox Christian tradition First published in Greek in 1782, then translated into Slavonic and later into Russian, The Philokalia has exercised an influence in the recent history of the Orthodox Church far greater than that of any book apart from thThe Philokalia is a collection of texts written between the fourth and the fifteenth centuries by spiritual masters of the Orthodox Christian tradition First published in Greek in 1782, then translated into Slavonic and later into Russian, The Philokalia has exercised an influence in the recent history of the Orthodox Church far greater than that of any book apart from the Bible It is concerned with themes of universal importance how man may develop his inner powers and awake from illusion how he may overcome fragmentation and achieve spiritual wholeness how he may attain the life of contemplative stillness and union with God.Only a selection of texts from The Philokalia has been available hitherto in English The present rendering, which is a completely new translation, is designed to appear in five volumes The first of these was published by Faber and Faber in 1979 The second volume consists mainly of writings from the seventh century, in particular by St Maximus the Confessor, the greater part of which has never before been translated into English As in the first volume, the editors have provided introductory notes to each of the writers, a glossary of key terms, and a detailed index.

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    1. The Philokalia is EXTRAORDINARY Now, I will make an unusual assertion for a Western Christian The Philokalia of the Eastern Church, compiled by Nicodimos and Makarios, is the most comprehensive, thorough, and integrated legacy of Christian mystical writings available today East or West If we can make sense of these writings we can plumb the depths of Christian Mysticism.The English translation of The Philokalia published by Faber Faber comes in four volumes about 1,500 pages , so I think it s im [...]

    2. In my opinion, this book is difficult to handle than the first volume of the Philokalia, because it is mostly comprised of the writings from St Maximos the Confessor, who, I have to admit, is a bit of a mind bender, probably because he is from a scholarly background It becomes even important here to keep in touch with the glossary provided with the text Some understanding of Plato is helpful, since he is clearly influenced by Neo Platonic thought What I like most about his work was probably hi [...]

    3. I ve read through the entire Philokalia in English , 3 times I always derive benefit from it, yet I do think the criticisms of the book by Christos Yannaras in his book, AGAINST RELIGION, are valid He is one of the few Orthodox I know who offers any kind of critical review of the book It represents a particular tradition within monasticism, but in the modern world, in modern Orthodoxy it is read as if it is inerrant scripture or the only possible way of understanding spirituality or the monastic [...]

    4. This book is dense and yet very helpful, the concepts are esoteric and mystical then most spiritual texts but it is certainly recommended for those who are students of Ancient Philosophy to view it Taking writings from the Mystic Saints of the Eastern Half of the Church one gets a better appreciation for the Mystical Theology of Christianity and serves a very illuminating purpose of giving a fuller picture of what a Christian is called to experience and become.

    5. The timeless writings of the other worldly Orthodox Church Fathers on all things Many speak on similar themes, so there is some repitition It s powerful stuff and must be aproached with strict obedience within the Sacramental life of The Church.

    6. These writings illustrate the mystical practices of early Christian saints that certainly invite comparison with eastern forms of meditation.

    7. The Philokalia is the masterwork texts of Eastern Orthodox Spirituality and should be read within the context of a monastic life and the church as whole.

    8. The Philokalia is the masterwork texts of Eastern Orthodox Spirituality and should be read within the context of a monastic life and the church as whole.

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