Centuries of Holiness: Ancient Spirituality for a  Postmodern Age  -     By: Richard Valantasis
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Centuries of Holiness: Ancient Spirituality for a Postmodern Age

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This book is for those who yearn for a spiritual life that has depth and intellectual challenge. It is a thinking person's guide to the spiritual life written for the smart seeker who wants to be fully attuned to God, fully interactive with other believers, fully connected to the wider world in which humans live, fully engaged with the physical universe, fully committed to service to the poor, and disenfranchised, and finally, fully postmodern.

Adopting a literary device first used by Evagrios Pontikos in the fourth century, Valantasis offers 100 pithy essays (800--900 words each) on 100 spiritual themes (e.g., discernment, sanctification, ennui, empowerment, habitual prayer), moving from ancient Christian practices to those more contemporary.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 232
Vendor: Continuum International
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0826417051
ISBN-13: 9780826417053
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Richard Valantasis brings us a guide to the spiritual life for the smart seeker who wants to be fully attuned to God, interactive with other believers, connected to the wider world in which humans live, engaged with the physical universe, committed to service to the poor and disenfranchised, and, finally, postmodern.Adopting a literary device first used in the fourth century by the Desert Father Evagrios Pontikos, Richard Valantasis offers a "century" of spiritual texts--a hundred short essays from 800 to 900 words--on a hundred spiritual themes. Believing that "tradition is the action of the Holy Spirit making available the wisdom of the past in a new idiom and a time," Valantasis moves from the premodern spiritual world of the Christian tradition to the postmodern realities of our current world, and back again.Sample entries- Conversion - Sanctification - Incarnate Living - Discernment - Divine Indwelling - Union with God - Ennui - Progress - Holy Dying - Habitual Prayer - Thorns and Impediments - Praying the Bodies - Spiritual Direction - Emotional Ecology - Seeing Double - The Body Transparent - Temptation - Consolations - The Devil - Visions of Deification - Humility>

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