By Robin Amis
This publication provides the esoteric unique center of Christianity with its hindrance for illuminating and therapeutic the internal 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 publication, is heavily associated with the understandings of the fashionable priests and abbots on Mount Athos. a distinct Christianity comes in handy to the practitioner, in addition to to the coed, delivering new insights into the issues of learning and following the religious course outdoors of a monastery.
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It does not speak to us of how to get what we want. It does not offer us heaven in return for taking out membership. It is entirely deaf to our everyday desires. So, against a background of television and consumer goods and easy living, what it offers seems meaningless to most of us, just as it seemed when Jesus offered it in Palestine almost two thousand years ago. But in stillness, in the shade of the Tree of Life, when we begin that inner dialogue with God that is our birthright, but which exists in its pure form only in the garden of the heart-in openness of eye and mind, there we will find the meanings and the joyfulness of those old texts, those doctrines that involve the heart, so that what they convey is not only thought, but felt.
We must also realize that since the second century, when the inner teaching went underground, those texts which illustrate some spiritual lesson with examples from the lives of those who had passed through the relevant experience in the pastas in Gregory of Nyssa’s Life of Moses and other works on the same themeactually were intended to be misinterpreted by anyone who had insufficient inner experience to understand their deeper meaning. The effects of taking such texts 15 to have merely historical significance is just the confusion we observe in modern theology.
But why are these texts significant, and to whom are they significant? Their significance is that they give an unequivocal answer to an important question. They do not merely say, but clearly demonstrate, that a different quality was possessed by early Christianity. Because of this, they are significant to all Christians who have ever raised the question of Christian imperfection, have ever wondered whether Christianity was always flawed as it is now, who have ever asked the catch question: Why must Christian action so often differ from Christian intention?
A Different Christianity: Early Christian Esotericism and Modern Thought by Robin Amis