By Robin Amis
This ebook offers the esoteric unique middle of Christianity with its challenge for illuminating and therapeutic the internal lifetime of the person. it's a bridge to the customarily tricky doctrines of the early church fathers, explaining the non secular psychology of the fathers that underlies the present renewal of spirituality within the Greek church. This renewal, like this e-book, is heavily associated with the understandings of the trendy clergymen and abbots on Mount Athos. a special Christianity comes in handy to the practitioner, in addition to to the coed, offering new insights into the issues of learning and following the religious course outdoors of a monastery.
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7 Even today, in the monasticism of the Eastern Church, much is conveyed in unwritten ways. I was once talking to a monk about where they had learned the traditional methods. He listed a few books in Greek. I asked if any of these described the complete tradition. “No,” he replied. I asked again what book contained the basics of the tradition. “None,” he replied. ” I asked him, somewhat frustrated. “It’s the tradition,” he replied, and would say no more on the subject. What is this tradition, and what does it tell those who follow it?
This has left them meaningless, which in turn has seemed to confirm the facile idea that they have now been disproved by science. Diluted to the point where it lost its power to produce results, and with its credibility weakened because its meaning has been lost, the inner tradition has proved an embarrassment to churches who wanted to appear “scientific,” wanted to be accepted in circles that also appeared scientific. Because of this, the 13 very idea of an inner tradition has been swept under the carpet when nobody was looking.
This concept has 26 gained a special meaning in the Christian Church, whose God - according to the Bible but more clearly in the words of the early Fathers - is eternal and unchanging yet loving and in a special sense personal. The second meaning is that those facts about human life that have to do with the approach of that life to the eternal also tend to show very little change over the centuries. Our spiritual potential changes little, if at all, reflecting the unchanging center of the inner world, while our everyday, worldly nature changes through the years and reflects the changeability of the outside world.
A Different Christianity: Early Christian Esotericism and Modern Thought by Robin Amis