It could stimulate our pride and vanity. His thoughts on prayer, icons, marriage, and growing towards communion with God are so uplifiting and encouraging. Never open up a dialogue with these intruders. I am not a big fan of the notion of Original Sin in all of its various forms. As he describes, until the writing of this book his spiritual life had gradually moved from stock Western academic agnosticism to an interest in various forms of mysticism, ending up, at the conclusion of this book, in an ambiguous, but very favorably disposed, relationship with Orthodoxy. In an engaging combination of dialogues, reflections, conversations, history, and travel information, Kyriacos C.
Markides also wrote an earlier book, Riding with the Lion, about the Orthodox monastic communities on Mount Athos, in Greece. I want the promise of This is the first book I have read as a part of my exploration of Eastern Orthodox Christianity. And as you honor God you must honor the other because you have in front of you the presence of God. That realization is what makes this book possible; it is neither Orthodox fanboy-ism, or a cloaked attack by a skeptic, but an honest attempt to find the truth. It is an integral aspect of human existence. In an engaging combination of dialogues, reflections, conversations, history, and travel information, Kyriacos C.
They see everything and everybody in their true state, permeated by God. I can't even begin to pick out my favorite parts or quotes because there are too many to count. The Orthodox reject Purgatory, but a mainstream thread of Orthodox thought functionally treats Hell as Purgatory. Such a rich treasury of Christian truth on how to seek after Christ following the path of saints and martyrs from the time of the apostles until now. On his way there he encountered an experienced monk who through great holiness perceived what had happened.
I read this while a Protestant to learn about the Orthodox Church. Maximos, and his deep respect for the religious experience. Such monastic life is eremitic, more so than communal though some meals and some worship are typically communal , in the spirit of the early monastics, and is not directed toward external acts of service in the way of some Western monastics. In an engaging combination of dialogues, reflections, conversations, history, and travel information, Kyriacos C. A few brave souls manage to untie themselves and with great difficulty and effort crawl out and experience the sunlight.
Fasting and other forms of periodic self-denial are also important in creating the necessary focus. We may succumb to the temptation and fantasize that because we are knowledgeable we are especially favored by God. However, if you are reading it for spiritual formation- while there are some good points there are a lot of things to be wary of; a couple examples being a lack of scriptural support and borderline saint worship. About The Mountain of Silence An acclaimed expert in Christian mysticism travels to a monastery high in the Trodos Mountains of Cyprus and offers a fascinating look at the Greek Orthodox approach to spirituality that will appeal to readers of Carlos Castaneda. This leaves as the last institution standing the Orthodox Church, which shows no signs of trimming its sails to modernism and for whom Saint John Chrysostom might as well as have died yesterday. Markides obviously thinks that he is, at times, testing Maximos' understanding or viewpoint through his academic prowess or his semi-secular background. A third is the question of whether God wills a reason for all happenings.
The Orthodox Church and God asks something of us. As a student I really enjoyed the authors academic approach but also his openness to the spiritual side of things. This was tough to rate. Easy to read and very interesting. Whether people realize it or not, we live in a world of ongoing askesis. Yet its contribution is monumental. Written in 2014; revised 2016.
This shows up most clearly in the nearly continuous references by Father Maximos to Elder Paisios, an Athonite monk and wonderworker who died in 1993. As Father Maximos establishes churches, convents, and monasteries in this deeply divided land, Markides is awakened anew to the magnificent spirituality of the Greek Orthodox Church. The strengths of Markides' work is his personal connection to Cyprus and his willingness to handle fewer subjects, but to delve deeply into them. These include the beliefs of traditional Christians in America, whose options for Christ-centered communal worship within an organized framework narrow every day. They become ecstatic with their discovery. You want to know more about Mt. Maximos are clear that it is God who graces one with the mystical experiences described in the book, but if one is not careful, one can begin to think that simply by using the method of the monks of Mt.
An acclaimed expert in Christian mysticism travels to a monastery high in the Trodos Mountains of Cyprus and offers a fascinating look at the Greek Orthodox approach to spirituality that will appeal to readers of Carlos Castaneda. As a student I really enjoyed the authors academic approach but also his openness to the spiritual side of things. Nevertheless, I did find this a book a thought-provoking read, and do highly recommend it to anyone caught in a spiritual rut, or desiring to learn more about why monks put themselves through the rigors and struggles that they do. Philosophically we find it buried deep in the notion of existential despair. These include the beliefs of traditional Christians in America, whose options for Christ-centered communal worship within an organized framework narrow every day.