Book Review: The Philokalia: Volume One

Edge Induced Cohesion

The Philokalia:  The Complete Text:  Volume One, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain and St. Makarios of Corinth, translated from the Greek and edited by G.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, and Kallistos Ware

I suppose that even those this book is an exceedingly obscure one, it was only a matter of time before I came into contact with it.  My interest in the religious traditions of Mt. Athos (of which this book is a representative) was sparked by some of my own reading [1], and my knowledge of this book was sparked even further by its glowing account in a book I read about the travels of a simple and faithful Russian peasant [2].  Although my knowledge of the Eastern Orthodox tradition is not particularly profound [3], I did not find this book to be too difficult to understand.  I did, it should be noted, find this book to…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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