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The Eros of Repentance: Four Talks on the Theological Basis of Athonite Monasticism (Praxis Pocketbooks) Paperback – June 1, 1992


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  • Series: Praxis Pocketbooks
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Praxis; First Edition edition (June 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1872292046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1872292045
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 4.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By matt on November 4, 2000
This little gem is focuses upon the theme of desire, or Eros, in the spiritual life. Far from seeing eros as something sinful to be supressed, the author reveals that the longing of sexual love is only one aspect of erotic love. Eors for God is that yearning which takes the lover beyond ethics. "The saints possessing divine eros have also been deified. All the saints live by the saying of Saint Ignatius the God bearer: 'My eros has been crucified.' The relation of the saints to God is erotic, i.e., desiring or yearning, not simply ethical. The grace of the deification shines in their faces, and is revealed in their bodies which smell sweetly, give forth myrrh, remain uncorrupted, and work miracles. The Orthodox Church is the place and fellowship of deification"
The Eros of Repentance is a tiny book with a needed message. Other books of interest may include: A Different Christianity, by Robin Amis; The Roots of Christian Mysticism, by Olivier Clement; The Mysitcal Theology of the Eastern Church, by Vladimir Lossky; The Inner Kingdom, by Bishop KALLISTOS Ware; Exploring the Inner Universe, by Roman Braga. Enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dan E. Nicholas on February 14, 2013
The Eros of Repentance by the athonite monk and abbot, Archimandrite George Capsanis of St. Gregory Monastery on the Holy Mountain, by Dan Nicholas

Sexy repentance. Who'd a thought. And by an athonite ascetic of course, from the Holy Mountain. Got to love this title.

I write this on Valentine's Day. Bringing this book out a couple days ago for a third read. And now again, after some early morning Valentine's Day shopping for my beloved. This book will do that to you. Get you up early for another read. Get you motivated to be a better lover, rather than just roll over and sleep in. Time to get up. Time to get serious about desire. That's the takeaway I got from the good abbot's four talks here.

This writer, the Archimandrite George Capsanis, is Igoumenos or Pastor and Abbot of St. Gregory or Gregoriou Monastery (Greek: Γρηγορίου) a community of monks situated on the southwest side of the Athos Peninsula in northern Greece, between the monasteries of Dionysiou and Simonopetra. The Abbot Capsanis leads a monastery--one of 20 on the athonite peninsula--now 900 years old and built in the 1400s. What we have here is the written version of four talks by the abbot on desire, desire for God, a book placed in print two decades ago with the help of Fr. Basil Rhodes, the priest of my small Russian parish in Saratoga, CA.

This title is no doubt out of print by now but should be brought back. ($174 used is a little steep.) Yet it is so worth paying a good deal for this prize if you can find one used. I got mine via a rare book outlet and go back to it for a re-read each Valentine's Day, the High Holy Day for lovers. It's a love book; it's about erotic love--not agape or storge or phileo.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By matt on August 9, 2008
This little gem is focuses upon the theme of desire, or Eros, in the spiritual life. Far from seeing eros as something sinful to be supressed, the author reveals that the longing of sexual love is only one aspect of erotic love. Eors for God is that yearning which takes the lover beyond ethics. "The saints possessing divine eros have also been deified. All the saints live by the saying of Saint Ignatius the God bearer: 'My eros has been crucified.' The relation of the saints to God is erotic, i.e., desiring or yearning, not simply ethical. The grace of the deification shines in their faces, and is revealed in their bodies which smell sweetly, give forth myrrh, remain uncorrupted, and work miracles. The Orthodox Church is the place and fellowship of deification"
The Eros of Repentance is a tiny book with a needed message.

Other books of interest may include: A Different Christianity: Early Christian Esotericism and Modern Thought (Suny Series in Western Esoteric Traditions), by Robin Amis; The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition: From Plato to Denys, Roots of Christian Mysticism, by Olivier Clement; The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church, Exploring the Inner Universe, by Roman Braga and Penthos: The Doctrine of Compunction in the Christian East. Enjoy!
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