By Robin Amis
This ebook offers the esoteric unique middle 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 non secular psychology of the fathers that underlies the present renewal of spirituality within the Greek church. This renewal, like this publication, is heavily associated with the understandings of the fashionable priests and abbots on Mount Athos. a special Christianity turns out to be useful to the practitioner, in addition to to the student, offering new insights into the issues of learning and following the non secular course outdoors of a monastery.
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11 In this the truthfulness of what is believed is subject to the test of praxis, the test that asks: Does it work? This uses an essentially Christian definition of sickness, for Christ was concerned with the spiritually sick, with man in his fallen state. Directly because of this difference, it aimed not at manipulation but at liberation. This Christian psychology was very different, and its morality was not enforced but emerged naturally from within the individual,12 9 whereas the modern equivalent frequently views ethical activity as having to be imposed on individuals from outside.
One is that this Christian Royal Way is entirely in keeping with Christian theology, at least on the level where it is justly said that, whatever their differences in doctrine, the churches are charismatically one. 3 Its most fundamental technique is very different from Yoga, being based on the gospel idea that what is impossible to man is possible to God. More important today, although its practical work is entirely dependent on holding a traditional prescientific Christian worldview, yet it contains a detailed spiritual psychology as great and as precise as any belonging to the religions of the East.
But if this is so, then it is a purely external event. Yet certain of the early Fathers of the church, giving an esoteric view of Christianity, have made it clear that, to them, the Resurrection exists in three ways: it does exist outside us, in the past as a single event, and in the future as a universal event, but it also exists now, in any moment, always accessible, always possible if rarely actual within us. The same is true of the Fall, which happens to us time after time. One of the Fathers in the Philokalia wrote of the life to come that: In saying this (that we must seek to enter the Kingdom while we are still alive), we are not forgetting the blessings of the life to come or limiting the universal reward to the present life.
A Different Christianity: Early Christian Esotericism and Modern Thought by Robin Amis