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Illness and Cure of the Soul in the Orthodox Tradition
|Metropolitan of Nafpaktos Hierotheos Vlachos|
|Iera Moni Genethliou tis Theotokou (2005)|
|1 copy available|
|Fr. Hierotheos uses quotations from the Church Fathers and many saints to support his conviction that man's soul suffers illness which distorts his relationship with God, his fellow men and nature - to be curedin the hospital of the Church. Presented in the form of a discussion, the contents was used in a lecture series at the St. John of Damascus Faculty of Theology, University of Balamand.|
The Illness and Cure of the Soul in the Orthodox Tradition is the fourth and final volume in a series concerned with the Orthodox understanding of psychotherapy and psychology (others include: “Orthodox Psychotherapy,” “Therapeutic Treatment,” and “Discussion on the Orthodox Psychoterapy”). The content of these works consisted of augmented accounts of conversations that Bishop Hierotheos had previously held with five other Christians – each of which function as a platform for Hierotheos’s arguments and teachings. In many ways, this fourth installment is a brief recap and summary of its three counterparts and while it features little in depth discussion or citation, it serves as a helpful resource for those seeking a better understanding of the series from a higher vantage point. The Illness and Cure of the Soul in the Orthodox Tradition seamlessly blends a conversation of sin and grace with one of ethics and morality and in the end, enables a piercing and enlightening discussion of one’s soul as it is healed and transformed by the divine “hospital” of the church.