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The Inner Kingdom: Volume 1 of the Collected Works Paperback – August 1, 2000
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'Ware recounts his own journey to Orthodoxy and reflects on themes such as resurrection, repentance, salvation, worship, martyrdom, and prayer.' Theology Today 58.4 (January 2002) Those who have been taught by Bishop Kallistos will need no urging to begin collecting these Collected Works. Eastern Christendom Very good introduction to Orthodox theology and spirituality. Essential reading for any Christian who wants to enrich his spiritual life. --Coptic Church Review 22.4 (Winter 2001)
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A teacher at the University of Oxford who lectures around the world, Bishop Kallistos speaks equally to laypeople and specialists, on both timeless mysteries and urgent contemporary concerns.
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-Amos Smith (author of Healing The Divide: Recovering Christianity's Mystic Roots)
This first volume reprints 12 essays. Prefaced by an autobiographical account of his conversion, the essays explore death and resurrection, repentance, worship, wonderment in education, ceaseless prayer, hesychia, martyrdom, spiritual guidance, the fool in Christ, the metaphysics of time, and salvation. They're written with an easy fluidity that reminds one of C.S. Lewis's style: they're simply enjoyable to read. Yet they're also sophisticated in argument and informative. Reading them is an excellent introduction to Orthodoxy for the neophyte, and an equally excellent opportunity for reflection and renewal for those already familiar with or immersed in Orthodoxy.
For my money, the best essay in the collection (and it was difficult for me to make this choice, since all the essays are so interesting) is also the longest: "The Fool in Christ as Prophet and Apostle" (pp. 153-180). Fools in Christ are "living icons" who proclaim the Gospel in such drastic--that is, with thoroughgoing loyalty to Jesus' teachings--ways that they appear mad or insane to the rest of the world (God's foolishness opposed to human wisdom, as St. Paul put it). But in choosing to live on the margins of respectability, holy fools liberate themselves to lead lives which rebuke the powerful, chastise the wicked, and inspire by their good deeds the faithful. Read in conjunction with his essays on ceaseless prayer and hesychia, Ware's reflections on holy foolishness constitute a complete course in godly living.
All in all, a wonderful anthology, one that encouraged me to go back and reread Ware's _The Orthodox Church_ and his lesser known _The Orthodox Way_. I look forward to reading subsequent volumes in his collected works.
In that the Orthodox, the Church universal, and those not (yet) a part of either will now have available the collected works of Bp Kallistos Ware (please GOD, allow this project to be completed) all will be the richer for it.
The scope and span of the written work accomplished thus far by this devoted soul are invaluable to efforts of apologetic, polemic, conciliatory and restorative nature entirely appropriate to the Body of Christ.
Having just completed this first volume, I am no doubt merely one among countless others anxious for volume two!
May the Bishop know his efforts' effect upon this reader to be invaluable!
J Patrick Wilkens
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