John Climacus (CWS): The Ladder of Divine Ascent (Classics of Western Spirituality Series) Paperback – 1 Jan 1982
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For western readers, this would be, somewhat, an "easy read", but this translation will not provide the full impact of the meanings from the original.
I have mixed feelings concerning it. In some passages Climacus gives the impression that he feels it is very unlikely a "worldy" person (meaning a person who is not a monk) can ever be saved. I remember how he relates one story (he tells lots of stories which I enjoy reading, some are quite funny) and a worldly man asks him how he might be saved. He gives some general guidelines, but seems to offer him little real hope. Climacus seems to think that unless one forsakes all in the sense in which he did, then there is not much else you can do. I have to disagree with this, and it is my understanding that the Orthodox Church also do.
This particular translation does seem to be more of a dynamic equivalent than a literal one, which is fine by me really. It means less struggling with the English and more struggling with the principles that Climacus taught, if you know what I mean.
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In my opinion this a very good English translation of the original Greek text. However it would be good to also have it as a kindle read, this would make it more accessible for... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sandra B.