The Philokalia and the Inner Life: On Passions and Prayer

The Philokalia and the Inner Life: On Passions and Prayer

by Christopher CH Cook

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Overview

The Philokalia was published in Venice in 1782. It is an anthology of patristic writings from the Eastern Church, spanning the 4th to the 15th Centuries, which has been the subsequent focus of a significant revival in Orthodox spirituality. It presents an understanding of psychopathology and mental life which is significantly different to that usually encountered in western Christianity. It also presents accounts of both mental wellbeing and the pathologies of the mind or soul which are radically different to contemporary secular accounts and yet which also find remarkable points of similarity with contemporary psychotherapeutic approaches, such as cognitive therapy. The book provides an introduction to the history of the Philokalia and the philosophical, anthropological and theological influences that contributed to its information. It presents a critical account of the pathologies of the soul, the remedies for these pathologies, and the therapeutic goals as portrayed by the authors of the Philokalia. It then offers a critical engagement of this material with a contemporary understanding of psychotherapy. Finally, it raises important questions about the relationship between thoughts and prayer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780227900079
Publisher: The Lutterworth Press
Publication date: 01/27/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 402
File size: 16 MB
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About the Author

The Reverend Professor Christopher C.H. Cook is a Research Fellow at Durham University and teaches Spirituality and Pastoral Theology at Cranmer Hall, St John's College, Durham. He is also a consultant psychiatrist with over twenty years of experience, and is Director of the Project for Spirituality, Theology and Health. As well as numerous papers and articles, his other published works include Alcohol, Addiction and Christian Ethics, and he was joint author of The Treatment of Drinking Problems.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Names & Abbreviations ix

Prologue xiii

1 Influences and Foundations 1

2 The Passions 47

3 Remedies for the Passions 99

4 Mental Well-Being 151

5 Psychotherapy 203

6 On Thoughts and Prayer 257

Epilogue 299

Appendix 1 Constituent Works of the Greek Philokalia 301

Appendix 2 Authors of the Works included in the Greek Philokalia 307

Notes 317

Bibliography 361

Index 367

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