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Philokalia-The Eastern Christian Spiritual Texts: Selections Annotated & Explained
     

Philokalia-The Eastern Christian Spiritual Texts: Selections Annotated & Explained

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by Allyne Smith
 

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The Eastern Christian “Love of the Beautiful” can be a companion on your own spiritual journey

A collection of writings by monks from the fourth to fifteenth centuries, the Philokalia more than any other text reflects the Eastern Church’s interpretation of the Bible’s meaning. Simply translated, the title means “love

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The Eastern Christian “Love of the Beautiful” can be a companion on your own spiritual journey

A collection of writings by monks from the fourth to fifteenth centuries, the Philokalia more than any other text reflects the Eastern Church’s interpretation of the Bible’s meaning. Simply translated, the title means “love of the beautiful,” which reflects the text’s emphasis on mystical and contemplative practices to engage all of our senses in the acts of worship and prayer.

This introduction to the wisdom of the Philokalia illuminates a text that until now has intimidated the general reader in its scholarly translations from Greek and Russian. Allyne Smith focuses his thoughtful selection on seven themes that recur throughout the five-volume work—repentance, the heart, prayer, the Jesus Prayer, the passions, stillness, and theosis. Smith’s enlightening, accessible facing-page commentary fills in the historical and spiritual context, clarifies core teachings, including the Eastern understanding of salvation, and draws connections to modern-day practices, such as contemplative prayer.

Now you can experience the spiritual wisdom of the Philokalia even if you have no previous knowledge of Eastern Christianity. This SkyLight Illuminations edition takes you on a journey through this beloved text, showing you how the teachings of Eastern monks can help you become by grace what God is by nature.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Filled with centuries of wisdom.... Wonderfully explains and simplifies this difficult [text]."
Religious Book Club

"An invaluable treasury of wisdom…. Offers a simple guide to the way (through one's heart) and means (through prayer) of arriving from the spiritual starting-point (of repentance in the heart) to the wonderful destination (of stillness and salvation) found in the love of divine beauty."
John Chryssavgis, author of Light through Darkness: The Orthodox Tradition

“Successfully acquaints the reader with [the Philokalia's] origins, context, import and influence.”
American Vedantist

“Fully accessible to professional theologians, lay Christians and spiritualists alike. An invaluable addition to spirituality and Christian literature shelves.”
Midwest Book Review

“Like water in the desert … invites us not only to go deeper into the life of prayer but takes us off the treadmill of endless self-invention. A clearly and beautifully annotated text that will make the Philokalia accessible to a new generation of readers. A gift for our time.”
Fr. Alan Jones, dean, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco; author of Soul Making and The Soul’s Journey

“[An] authoritative resource…. Will go far toward making one of the great treasures of Eastern Christian spirituality accessible to followers of Christ in the West.”
Frederica Mathewes-Green, author of The Illumined Heart and Facing East

“Eastern Orthodox Christian teachings on prayer, watchfulness and stillness have much to say to the Quaker tradition.”
Quaker Life

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594731037
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
08/01/2006
Series:
SkyLight Illuminations Series , #19
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
902,614
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Allyne Smith is an Orthodox priest who writes and lectures on Orthodox theology, ethics, liturgy and spirituality, both in the U.S. and abroad. He teaches theology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

G. E. H. Palmer also translated Writings from the Philokalia: On Prayer of the Heart.

Philip Sherrard was a poet, translator, literary scholar, theologian and interpreter of the Orthodox tradition.

Bishop Kallistos Ware is a renowned Orthodox theologian, author and translator of the Philokalia.

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The Philokalia: The Eastern Christian Spiritual Texts--Selections Annotated & Explained 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
bruno More than 1 year ago
I most enjoyed the books set up. On the right page was a reading from an Eastern Church father, while on the left was an explanation of the reading. Wonderful format. Each chapter has a specific spiritual area. Stillness was my favorite. Book can be read very quickly or as a meditation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago