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The Philokalia


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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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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.


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 *
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 *
The essays are of a consistently high standard [and] the range of subjects is comprehensive. * Revd Dr John Binns, Church Times *

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