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An eloquent defense of traditional Orthodox monasticism against critics who find the monastic life irrelevant to the modern world. Just as the body has need for various foods and craves the things that sustain it, we learn in this volume, so the soul needs an image of purity. It is this image that the monastic has always presented, we are told, and it is thus all the more imperative that it be preserved in a time when impurity of all kinds is perversely regarded as “normal.”
About the AuthorThe Most Reverend Cyprian, Dr. Theol. (honoris causa), is Metropolitan of Oropos and Fili and President of the Holy Synod in Resistance, Orthodox Church of Greece. He is a spiritual son of the renowned Elder, Archimandrite Philotheos (Zervakos).
About the TranslatorsThe Most Reverend Dr. Chrysostomos is a Senior Scholar at the C.T.O.S. He completed his studies in history (with a concentration in Byzantine historical theology) at the University of California, the Licentiate in Theology at the C.T.O.S., and his graduate study in psychology at Princeton University. He has held professorial posts at the University of California, Ashland Theological Seminary, and Ashland University and visiting professorships at the Theological Institute of Uppsala University (Sweden) and, as a Fulbright Scholar in Romania, at the University of Bucharest, the Alexandru I. Cuza University of Iaşi, and the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism. His Eminence is also former Executive Director of the United States Fulbright Commission in Romania.
The Right Reverend Auxentios, Director of the C.T.O.S., is a graduate of Princeton University. He received the Licentiate in Theology from the C.T.O.S. and the Doctor of Theology degree in Orthodox Liturgics at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.