By Robin Amis

This ebook offers the esoteric unique center of Christianity with its problem for illuminating and therapeutic the interior lifetime of the person. it's a bridge to the usually tough doctrines of the early church fathers, explaining the religious 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 fashionable clergymen and abbots on Mount Athos. a unique Christianity comes in handy to the practitioner, in addition to to the student, delivering new insights into the issues of learning and following the religious course outdoor of a monastery.

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Nobody can know all of this, and so everybody has had to be selective. More than this, there are both historical and psychological reasons why this selective process has developed a particular bias over the centuries, so that some of the knowledge acquired by the church during its early years has for long been forgotteneither it has been totally forgotten, or in other cases the words are remembered, but part of their meaning, their significance, has been forgotten, so that they are effectively misunderstood.

To ponder a passage of a book we should first read it with great care, making sure that we have clearly dealt with each of its statements separately. Then we should ponder each statement on its own, comparing it with our own experience, until we recognize what it describes. When we have recognized what is described in each statement, we may reconsider the passage as a whole. At this point a characteristic sign is that it will seem less interesting. After all, it is not “news,” it is telling only things we already know.

In their inner meaning, the Fall and the Resurrection of the dead relate to consciousness. Genesis tells how Adam fell as a result of eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This makes it clear that knowledge played a part in the Fall of man. The idea of the Fall is exactly like the idea of the Resurrection in one way. To external religion it has only one meaning: the Fall happened once, the “General Resurrection” will come on one particular day in the future. But if this is so, then it is a purely external event.

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