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The Freedom of Morality (Contemporary Greek Theologians #3)

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An inquiry into the criteria and presuppositions which enable us to confront moral problems. It highlights Christian morality primarily in terms of persons in their freedom and mutual relationships rather than in juridical terms.
Paperback, 278 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press (first published April 1st 1984)
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Σπουδαίο βιβλίο· δικαίως θεωρείται το έργο αυτό κεντρικό, όσον αφορά στην προσφορά του Χ. Γιανναρά στην Ελληνική θεολογία αλλά και, προπάντων, στην εθνική μας αυτογνωσία. Ποιος είναι ο πολιτισμός της Ελληνικής Ορθοδοξίας, όχι μέσα από την στρεβλή εικόνα που έχουμε, επηρεασμένοι από την Δύση (βλ. του ιδίου, "Ορθοδοξία και Δύση"), αλλά με βάση την δική μας πατερική και εκκλησιαστική παράδοση, την ζωή, το ήθος και τον πολιτισμό του λαού μας;
Με οξυδέρκεια και βαθιά γνώση ο συγγραφεύς, καταδεικνύει
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Christos Yannaras or Chrestos Giannaras, (Greek: Χρήστος Γιανναράς), is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens and a philosopher and theologian of the Orthodox Church of Greece.

Dr. Yannaras was born on April 10, 1935, in Athens, Greece. He studied Theology at the University of Athens and Philosophy at the Universities of Bonn, Germany
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“Increasingly, Christian life seems to be nothing more than a particular way of behaving, a code of good conduct. Christianity is increasingly alienated, becoming a social attribute adapted to meet the least worthy of human demands - conformity, sterile conservatism, pusillanimity and timidity; it is adapted to the trivial moralizing which seeks to adorn cowardice and individual security with the funerary decoration of social decorum.” 1 likes
“Today, in this atmosphere, the very word and idea of asceticism is probably incomprehensible to a very large number of Christian people. Anyone talking about fasting and chastity and voluntary restriction of our individual desires is sure to meet with condescension or mockery. This does not, of course, prevent people from having their “metaphysical convictions” and believing in a “supreme being” or in the “sweet Jesus” who had a wonderful ethical teaching. The question is, however, what is the use of “metaphysical convictions” when they do not go any way towards providing a real answer — as opposed to one that is idealistic and abstract — to the problem of death, the scandal of the dissolution of the body in the earth. This real answer is to be found only in the knowledge granted by asceticism, in the effort to resist death in our own bodies, and by the dynamic triumph over the deadening of man. And not just in any kind of asceticism, but in that which consists in conformity to the example of Christ, who willingly accepted death so as to destroy death — “trampling down death by death.”

Every voluntary mortification of the egocentricity which is “contrary to nature” is a dynamic destruction of death and a triumph for the life of the person.”
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