(literally "love of the beautiful") is, after the Bible, the most influential source of spiritual tradition within the Orthodox Church. First published in Greek in 1782 by St. Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain and St. Macarios of Corinth, the Philokalia
includes works by thirty-six influential Orthodox authors such as Maximus the Confessor, Peter of Madascus, Symeon the New Theologian, and Gregory Palamas. Surprisingly, this important collection of theological and spiritual writings has received little scholarly attention. With the growing interest in Orthodox theology, the need for a substantive resource for Philokalic studies has become increasingly evident. The purpose of the present volume is to remedy that lack by providing an ecumenical collection of scholarly essays on the Philokalia
that will introduce readers to its background, motifs, authors, and relevance for contemporary life and thought.
This is a first-rate book, which has been very well prepared and researched by its various contributors and is beautifully produced. ... This is altogether a fascinating and outstanding volume, richly endowed with copious references. As such it should provide a sure springboard for further research into the provenance and influence of the (Douglas Dales, Fairacres Chronicles
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this is an erudite and essential introduction to the history, theology and spirituality contained winin the Philokalia ... and interesting and helpful introduction to a text that has shaped the Orthodox world immensely. From this volume we get a better understanding of a strand of spirituality that is firmly grounded in Scripture, tradition, and the Church, and it sparks interest in the original text and the world that it inhabits. (Deborah Casewell, The Expository Times