Philokalian Fathers on Theosis
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Anthony, along with his beloved wife, Sarah recently completed Noetic Jerusalem; a wonderful text employing many well-known patristic texts (e.g; The Philokalia, Ante/Post Nicene Fathers, et al.) to diagram the soul’s composition and nature, expose how demon’s attack, and illumine Church Father weaponry for warfare against the devil.
As such, Noetic Jerusalem functions as a handbook for cooperation with God’s grace, as we seek movement toward purification, and exists as an indispensable tool for shielding ourselves from evil thoughts so we more vigorously pursue blessed humility.
“Oral teaching for the guidance of others has many forms, varying in accordance with the diverse ways in which it is put together from different sources. These sources are four in number: instruction, reading, ascetic practice, and grace…. Instruction molds the moral character; teaching by reading is like ‘still waters’ that nourish and restore the soul [viz., Ps. 22:2-3, LXX]; teaching through ascetic practice is like ‘green pasture,’ strengthening it [cf., Ps. 22:2, LXX]; while teaching imparted through grace is like a cup that intoxicates it [cf., Ps. 22:5, LXX]…. Then the soul is disciplined by instruction, nourished by reading, graciously escorted to her wedding by the deeply rooted teaching that derives from ascetic practice, and receives the illuminative teaching of the Holy Spirit” (St. Gregory of Sinai; On Commandments and Doctrines, Warnings and Promises; On Thoughts, Passions, and Virtues; and also on Stillness and Prayer).Read More
- Sample - Chapter I - THE SOUL
In teaching about the soul’s nature, Church Fathers differentiated between variant life forms. For example, “There are four categories of living beings: The fi rst are immortal and have souls, such as angels. The second have nous, soul, and breath, such as man. The third have breath and soul, such as animals. The fourth have only life, such as plants. The life of plants is without soul, breath, nous, or immortality” (St. Anthony the Great; On the Character of Men and on the Virtuous Life: One Hundred and Seventy Texts) and, “Every spiritual and noetic nature, whether angelic or human, possesses life as its essence…. But the spiritual and noetic nature within us has life not only as its essence but also as its activity….Read More