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Christ, Our Way and Our Life: A Presentation of the Theology of Archimandrite Sophrony

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This book is based on my doctoral thesis, entitled The Actualization of the Hypostatic Principle in the Theology of Archimandrite Sophrony, which was submitted at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Thessalonica in 1998. I have wanted since then to proceed to a more complete presentation of Fr. Sophrony's teaching. Perhaps even now I have not succeeded fully in th ...more
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Published October 16th 2013 by Saint Tikhon's Monastery Press
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We are persuaded that man’s vocation is incomprehensibly wonderful and great. (99)

What do we do with this idea of holiness, the ideal of saintliness? The belief that in this life one can become like God in humility and love and empathy and prayer is one of the things that holds me in hope to Christianity.

Yet different traditions understand the concept of holiness in different ways. In many traditions, holiness and salvation are an either/or, on/off, you have it or you don’t, sort of thing: you’v
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“At that moment Fr. Sophrony was preparing tea for Fr. Vladimir, and he replied, ‘Stay on the verge of despair, but when you see that you are going to fall over, draw back and have a cup of tea.’ And he handed him some tea.” 1 likes
“Because Fr. Sophrony had the grace-given experience, unique to Christianity, of the personal (or as he preferred to say, hypostatic) principle, as well as knowing, from within, the content of the Indian religions, he proved an invaluable apologist for Orthodox hesychastic practice in a challenging epoch whose spirit is syncretistic. With persuasive and compelling authority he succeeded in describing the difference between the two ascetic theories, oriental and Christian, which are as far apart as the uncreated is from the created. He contrasted the spiritual suicide to which transcendental meditation leads, with the incomparable, life-giving experience of meeting and being united with the personal God of Scripture. Fr.” 0 likes
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