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Theology, as seen by Archimandrite Vasileios, is by its very essence liturgical; it is not a philosophy or a system but the expression of the church's mystical life: "The first Christians lived their theology totally and with the whole of their bodies, just as they are baptized with the whole of their body and soul into the new life...Thus their liturgical gatherings were an initiation into the mystery of theology...The mystery of theology was celebrated in their lives, and they attained to the knowledge which is eternal life." Bishop Kallistos (Ware) states in his foreword: [Hymn of Entry] offers nothing less than a fresh vision of theology, the church and the world, a vision that is both original and yet genuinely traditional. The quality that characterizes this remarkable book is above all a sense of wholeness. The unity of the divine and human in the incarnate Christ, the unity of heaven and earth in the Divine Liturgy, the unity between theology and spirituality, between theology and life - such are the author's master-themes.
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Archimandrite Vasileios is the Abbot of Stavronikita Monastery on Mount Athos.
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Book Description St. Vladimirs Seminary Press March 1997, 1997. Paper Back. Condition: New. Some years ago, amidst the regeneration of monastic life on Mount Athos, several Athonite spokesmen were asked to explain Orthodox monasticism's reticence towards ecumenism. Archimandrite Vasileios, abbot of the Monastery of Stavronikita and pioneer in the Holy Mountain's renewal, deliberately avoids limiting this discussion to a philosophical or dogmatic debate. Instead, he couches the subject of 'Christian unity' within more fundamental questions: What is theology? What is the Church? What are the practical implications of the doctrine of the Holy Trinity? Quoting Gregory the Theologian-'for what is not assumed is not healed'-Vasileios characterizes unity as a sense of organic wholeness by which all are called to become theology by allowing their lives to be assumed through the holy action of the Trinity. Theology is inseparable from spirituality, just as heaven and earth are inseparable in the Divine Liturgy or the divine and the human are inseparable in the incarnate Christ. Through his meditative discussions on the Trinity, the Liturgy, the meaning of the icon, and the emptying nature of spirituality, the abbot of Stavronikita demonstrates that true unity is 'something deeply human and humble, something which brings peace and new courage.' In essence, ecumenism resides in the man who has become truly human. 138 pp. Seller Inventory # 92326
Book Description St Vladimirs Seminary Pr, 1997. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0881410268
Book Description St Vladimirs Seminary Pr, 1997. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0881410268
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Book Description St Vladimirs Seminary Pr. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0881410268 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0479795