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The Philokalia: A Classic Text of Orthodox Spirituality

Brock Bingaman and Bradley Nassif

Abstract

This book is a collection of scholarly chapters that introduces the history, theology and spiritual practices of the Philokalia — a collection of monastic texts of the Eastern Orthodox Church written between the fourth and fifteenth centuries. Next to the Bible, it is the most widely read book in the Orthodox world today by monks and laypeople alike. It is rapidly gaining popularity among Roman Catholics and Protestants. Bishop Kallistos Ware aptly summarizes its place in the modern world: “The work as a whole is to be seen as a spiritual ‘time bomb,’ whose chief influence has come, not at the ... More

Keywords: Philokalia, monastic, spirituality, Ware, Orthodox, Mount Athos

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195390261
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390261.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brock Bingaman, editor
Wesleyan College

Bradley Nassif, editor
North Park University

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Contents

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Introduction: Love of the Beautiful

Brock Bingaman and Bradley Nassif

Part One History

Part Two Theological Foundations

Part Three Spiritual Practices

17 Women in the Philokalia?

Verna E. F. Harrison