On the Human Condition offers insight into the major themes of Greek Patristic anthropology including topics on the fall of humanity, the causes of evil, the image of God in the human being. Nonna Verna Harrison brings together many of the writings of fourth century archbishop St. Basil the Great, and highlights the questions he posed in regards to the human condition. Also included are two homilies on the origin of humanity, one of St. Basil's letters to Amphilochius of Iconium and excerpts from St Basil's fatherly instructions (or Long Rules) to his ascetic communities. Ultimately, On the Human Condition is a handy introduction to understanding the principles of the Greek Fathers concerning humanity, which would later become standard doctrine in Eastern Orthodox theology.
About the Popular Patristics Series
The Popular Patristics series published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press provides readable and accurate translations of a broad range of early Christian literature to a wide audience--from students of Christian history to lay Christians reading for spiritual benefit.
Recognized Patristic scholars provide short but comprehensive and clear introductory essays according to their specializations for each volume.
Texts include classics of Christian literature, thematic volumes, homily collections, letters, spiritual guidance, and poetical works from a wide variety geographical contexts and historical backgrounds. The purpose of the series is to mine the riches of the early church and to make these invaluable writings available to all.