Despair & Faith; A Dialogue between Kierkegaard & Patristic Thought

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By: Steven-John M. Harris 

In his analysis of modern malaise, Kierkegaard invokes the wisdom and practices of the ancient Christian desert hermits and of the mystics and philosophers who attempted to live out the teachings of the divine Word throughout the ages. Steven-John M. Harris helps us to situate Kierkegaard in this vibrant tradition, contextualizing his philosophy in light of the spiritual pharmacology of ancient Christianity. He sees Kierkegaards' work as following in the footsteps of such luminaries as Gregory of Nyssa, Symeon the New Theologian, and Gregory Palamas, doctors of the soul who sought to provide a roadmap from the depths of despair to the heights of communication and joy.

Language: English
Number of pages: 211, softbound  
ISBN: 978-1936773886

Published: 2023

John D. Zizioulas, Metropolitan of Pergamon, was previously the Professor of Systematic Theology at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow and visiting Professor at King's College, London and the University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He is generally recognized as the most brilliant and creative theologian in the Church today. Metropolitan of Pergamon is dealing with the most contemporary, the most urgent, the most existential issues facing the Church today. The sermon is a “ministry” or “priestly service” (Rom. 15:16). The word of God differs from every kind of human word, because it aims at transmitting the will of God to man, to revealing and transmitting to man the message of God’s love, the assurance that “God is with us” throughout our lives. The goal of the sermon is to translate the message of the Gospel into the language and concepts of each particular era, centering it on the cultural context of a particular time and place. The foundation of the sermon must always remain the Scripture readings, both on Sundays as well as on the feasts of the saints. This is why the sermon is placed in the Divine Liturgy after the holy readings. —Metropolitan John of Pergamon