Orthodoxy and Philosophy: Lectures delivered at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary. An illuminating discussion of Orthodox Christianity with reference to Ancient Greek and Modern Western Philosophy

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By Constantine Cavarnos
Publication Data: Belmont, MA: Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 2003
Format: softcover
Number of Pages: 237
Dimensions (l × w × h): 21.4 cm × 13.8 cm × 1.6 cm
Additional Information: black-and-white illustrations
ISBN: 1‒884729‒72‒X

   
By Constantine Cavarnos

“From the very beginning, down to the present, the Orthodox Church has made positive selective use of ancient Greek philosophy, particularly that of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and the Stoics. It has avoided a totally negative attitude towards Greek philosophy, the attitude observable in the writings of the early Latin Fathers Tertullian (c. 160-222), Arnobius (fl. 290) and Lactantius (c. 260-325). They rejected ancient Greek philosophy in toto, regarding it as ‘a heathen product, contact with which must be avoided.’ They denied any relationship between Athens and Jerusalem, between Hellenic culture (paideía) and Christianity.”
—“INTRODUCTION”

CONTENTS

   PREFACE
   INTRODUCTION
I. THE APOSTOLIC FATHERS
   St. Clement of Rome
   St. Ignatios of Antioch
   Hermas
II. THE APOLOGISTS
   Justin Martyr the Philosopher
   Athenagoras the Philosopher
   Aristides the Philosopher
III. CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA
IV. THE CAPPADOCIAN FATHERS
   St. Basil the Great
   St. Gregory of Nyssa
   St. Gregory of Nazianzen
V. ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM
VI. ST. MACARIOS THE EGYPTIAN
VII. ST. EPHRAIM THE SYRIAN
VIII. ST. JOHN CLIMACOS
IX. ST. JOHN DAMASCENE
X. ST. PHOTIOS THE GREAT
XI. ST. SYMEON THE NEW THEOLOGIAN
XII. ST. GREGORY PALAMAS
XIII. PATRIARCH MELETIOS PEGAS
XIV. ST. NICODEMOS THE HAGIORITE
XV. ST. NECTARIOS OF AEGINA
XVI. NIKOLAOS LOUVARIS
XVII. MODERN WESTERN PHILOSOPHY
   APPENDIX A
      Assimilation of the Platonic Conception of the Soul in Patristic Orthodox Thought
   APPENDIX B
      Basic Elements of Aristotle’s Philosophy in Patristic Orthodox Thought
   INDEX OF PROPER NAMES
   INDEX OF SUBJECTS
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