- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 28, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1470149249
- ISBN-13: 978-1470149246
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Writings: The Fount of Knowledge- The Philosophical Chapters, on Heresies, the Orthodox Faith (The Fathers of the Church, Vol. 37) Paperback – February 28, 2012
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I purchased this mainly for the third section of it, which is famously known as An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith. "Orthodox" means "right believing" and St. John Damascene writes nothing new in this book. His goal, at which he succeeded, was to compile and condense the writings of earlier fathers (Saints Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, Gregory of Nyssa, Maximos the Confessor, etc) to make a manual of the most fundamental tenants of the faith. For that reason, this book has been held in high esteem for well over a thousand years.
Some parts of it are extremely easy to read and understand; other parts are more technical in explaining the faith correctly in order to combat heresies that attempted to distort nuances. My advice would be to purchase it, read at least this third section, and skim over the parts that are too difficult. It's a worthwhile read.
St. John was born in the 600's and fell asleep in the 700's. He is therefore a father of both the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church because he was pre-schism. I don't know how the modern day Roman Catholics view this saint, but we Orthodox have the highest regard for him and the Christian teachings that he "traditioned" to future generations through his writings.