True Autonomy is Achieved through Humility

True autonomy is achieved through humility, in other words through the emptying of the self in order to make room for all others. The saints imitate the humility of Christ in His sacrifice on the Cross. The emptying of the self is the greatest Christian virtue. God raised Christ on high in return for His self-emptying and humility. This is why those who imitate Christ’s humility as a human person also partake in His elevation as God and human. Continue reading “True Autonomy is Achieved through Humility”

Capitalism, Protestant Ethics & Orthodox Tradition

By the Metropolitan of Nafpaktos and Saint Vlasios, fr. Hierotheos Vlachos

It must be underlined that Orthodoxy – Romanity (Romanity = Byzantine Tradition & Culture) has no affinity whatsoever to Protestant ethics – as realistically presented by Max Weber with regard to the capitalist spirit – nor is it expressed by Latin theology. For this reason, in what follows, we will examine as briefly as possible the views of the Orthodox Church on the central positions underlined by Max Weber. We will underline five basic points, without citing Patristic texts and related bibliography, because in my other studies, there is ample material. Continue reading “Capitalism, Protestant Ethics & Orthodox Tradition”

‘Philokalia of the Sacred (Holy) Neptic (Fathers)’; a brief presentation for one of the most important books of Orthodox spirituality and psychotherapy

Here we present an excerpt from the ‘Introduction’ of the English edition of ‘Philokalia’ by G.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, Archimandrite Kallistos Ware, in 1977. We selected the crucial parts that explain what ‘Philokalia’ is for the non-familiar reader. Continue reading “‘Philokalia of the Sacred (Holy) Neptic (Fathers)’; a brief presentation for one of the most important books of Orthodox spirituality and psychotherapy”

Herman Tristram Engelhardt: How I Became Orthodox

Dr. Engelhardt was born in Texas to Roman Catholic parents, but became Orthodox in his mature years, taking the name Herman after St. Herman of Alaska. He studied philosophy and medicine and is now a professor at two Universities in Houston, Texas. His research has been done mainly in Bioethics and his most important contribution to Orthodox ethics is his book “The Foundations of Christian Bioethics“. At the Symposium for Intensive Care organized in Bucharest, Professor of Philosophy and Medicine Tristram Engelhardt presented a paper. During a discussion in Bucharest, a question was put forward on how he became Orthodox. His reply is published below transcribed directly from a recording and translated [to Greek] by Anastasios Philippides. Continue reading “Herman Tristram Engelhardt: How I Became Orthodox”

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