An introduction to Orthodox spiritual life by one of Greece's most distinguished scholars. In the book, Mantzarides covers basic themes such as self-knowledge and knowledge of God, sin and repentance, the Divine Liturgy, the saints, social action, and prayer. Each theme draws upon the wisdom of the Fathers of the Church and each chapter concludes with an excerpt from a significant patristic writer. As he writes, Orthodox Christians need to know their roots better so that they may "follow the Fathers." Orthodox Christians understand this to mean that they are not reducing the the patristic tradition to an archeological artifact but accepting the living presence of the Fathers in the body of Christ to which they also belong, and being led by their life teaching, their manner and mind. Ideal for study groups, readers will find the chapters intelligible and inspiring, even as they challenge one to a deeper appropriation of the Orthodox Faith.
This book is one of the best introductions to the life that all Orthodox Christians are called to, a life whose roots lie deep in the soil of the Gospels. In a masterful way that is intelligible to all, Prof. Mantzarides touches bases with the most spiritual Fathers of the Church, using them as guides for the enrichment of the spiritual life of today's Christians.
A classic to be read and re-read.
- Publisher: Holy Cross Orthodox Press (May 18, 2005)
- ISBN-10: 0916586693
- ISBN-13: 978-0916586690
- Language: English
- Paperback: 176 pages