The Philokalia: Exploring the Classic Text of Orthodox Spirituality

Paperback | July 5, 2012

EditorBrock Bingaman, Bradley Nassif

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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-sixinfluential Orthodox authors 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 readersto its background, motifs, authors, and relevance for contemporary life and thought.

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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-sixinfluential Orthodox authors such as Maximu...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:July 5, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Abbreviations UsedKallistos Ware: ForewordBrock Bingaman and Brad Nassif: IntroductionHISTORY1. Kallistos Ware: St. Nikodimos and the Philokalia2. John Anthony McGuckin: The Making of the Philokalia: A Tale of Monks and Manuscripts3. Andrew Louth: The Influence of the Philokalia in the Orthodox World4. Mihail Neamtu: Conversing with the World by Commenting on the Fathers: Fr Dumitru Staniloae and the Romanian Edition of The PhilokaliaTHEOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS5. Douglas-Burton Christie: The Luminous Word: Scripture in the Philokalia6. Bradley Nassif: Concerning Those Who Imagine That They Are Justified by Works: The Gospel According to St. Mark - the Monk7. Rowan Williams: The Theological World of the Philokalia8. J.L. Zecher: Tradition and Creativity in the Construction and Reading of the Philokalia9. Brock Bingaman: Becoming a Spiritual World of God: The Theological Anthropology of Maximus the Confessor10. Krastu Banev: The Ecclesiology of the Philokalia11. Julia Konstantinovsky: Evagrius in the Philocalia of Sts Macarius and NicodemusSPIRITUAL PRACTICES12. Mary B. Cunningham: The Place of the Jesus Prayer in the Philokalia13. Hannah Hunt: Uses and Abuses of Spiritual Authority in the Writings of St. Symeon the New Theologian14. Paul M. Blowers: Hope for the Passible Self: The Use and Transformation of the Human Passions in the Fathers of the Philokalia15. Andrew Louth and Chris Collins: Healing, Psychotherapy, and the Philokalia16. Frederick D. Aquino: The Philokalia and Regulative Virtue Epistemology: A Look at Maximus the Confessor17. Nonna Verna Harrison: Women in the Philokalia?18. John Chryssavgis: Solitude, Silence, and Stillness: Light from the Palestinian DesertIndex