In an era when people have lost their ecclesiastical and theological bearings, when the Orthodox tradition has become confused with other traditions, and ideological and cultural uncertainty prevails, this book steps outside the current era and throws light on the Church and its theology in history and in society.
The chapters on historical, cultural, spiritual and social issues show how important Orthodox faith and teaching is for the Christian life. Orthodox hesychia, which is essentially therapeutic, remains to this day the indispensable method for coming to know God in the Orthodox tradition. It is the method by which human beings are set free from the passions and from depressive and darkened states. The combination of spiritual vigilance and life in society, which is described in this book, offers a solution to many personal, family and social problems and provides a way out from the dead end of consumerism, greed, and love of money. The author notes that the worst social problems are caused by people in the grip of passions. Saints, on the other hand, are not only sensitive to people’s physical and psychological problems and able to alleviate them, but their transfigured lives change social institutions. By highlighting key elements of the Orthodox tradition, this book addresses today’s crisis of identity and values. It helps us to penetrate beneath the surface of events and to understand the meaning and aim of theology in our lives.
Μητροπολίτης Ναυπάκτου Ιερόθεος