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.