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The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation, by Dr. Veniamin

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Table of Contents


Part I: Praxis

  • The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Saint Silouan the Athonite and Elder Sophrony of Essex
  • The Power of Repentance: The Ethos of “Metanoia” in the Orthodox Tradition
  • Holy Relics: The Deification of the Human Body in the Christian Tradition
  • The Sinlessness of the Mother of God According to St. Nicholas Cabasilas
  • The Orthodox Interpretation of Holy Scripture: St. Gregory Palamas and the Key to Understanding the Bible
  • The Significance of Greek Independence Day for America in the 21st Century
  • Euthanasia: A Theological Approach

Part II: Theoria

  • The Light of Tabor: St John Chrysostom and the Language of Holy Scripture
  • The Resurrection of the Human Body: In the Christology of St Cyril, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria
  • The Transfiguration of Christ and the Deification of Man in St Maximus the Confessor
  • The Spiritual Father and Child Relationship in St Symeon the New Theologian
  • The Interplay Between Mystical and Dogmatic Theology in St. Gregory the Sinaïte
  • Partakers of Divine Nature: St Gregory Palamas and the Centrality of the Transfiguration

By Way of Conclusion

  • On Becoming Theologians: “Hesychia” as a Prerequisite for the Encounter with God


About the Author

Dr. Christopher Veniamin was born and raised in London, England, of Greek Cypriot parents, is a spiritual child of Elder Sophrony of Essex, and Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon's Seminary, in Pennsylvaia, USA. He is a graduate of the School of Theology in the University of Thessalonica, and holds the doctorate in Theology from Oxford University, where he studied under the Most Revd Dr. Kallistos Ware, Metropolitan of Diokleia. His doctoral thesis, “The Transfiguration of Christ in Greek Patristic Literature: From Irenaeus of Lyons to Gregory Palamas,” was a diachronic study of the meaning of the Transfiguration in Patristic theology, spanning a period of some thirteen centuries.

Professor Veniamin has produced numerous articles ranging in subject from the Apocryphal writings of the New Testament to Euthanasia, he is the publisher of the seminal works of Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou (The Enlargement of the Heart, The Hidden Man of the Heart, Remember Thy First Love and Man the Target of God), and has edited and translated, from the original Greek into English, the first complete edition of the sermons of Gregory Palamas (Saint Gregory Palamas: The Homilies), for which he also wrote the introduction and scholia.