Philokalia. Front cover of Volume 1 in English, published by Faber and Faber Ltd.
The Philokalia is a collection of writings, mostly centering on practicing the virtues and spiritual living in a monastery. In recent decades it has become an important resource for Orthodox Christians, laity and clergy alike, in personal living and in some ways has achieved status as a major secondary spiritual written resource (after the primary one, Holy Scripture) along with St. John Climacus' The Ladder of Divine Ascent. History of the Compilation The Philokalia—Greek for "love of the beautiful/holy/exalted"—was first assembled at Mount Athos by Ss.
Contents of the Philokalia This listing of texts is based on the English translation, started by Bishop Kallistos Ware, G.E.H. Volume 1 St. There is also an appendix entitled "On the Character of Men and on the Virtuous Life: 170 Texts. " Volume 2 St. Volume 3 Volume 4 St. Guide to Reading the Philokalia Also, this work is not meant to be read all at once. Editions in English. The atheist delusion.
An atmosphere of moral panic surrounds religion.
Viewed not so long ago as a relic of superstition whose role in society was steadily declining, it is now demonised as the cause of many of the world's worst evils. As a result, there has been a sudden explosion in the literature of proselytising atheism. A few years ago, it was difficult to persuade commercial publishers even to think of bringing out books on religion.
Today, tracts against religion can be enormous money-spinners, with Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion and Christopher Hitchens's God Is Not Great selling in the hundreds of thousands. For the first time in generations, scientists and philosophers, high-profile novelists and journalists are debating whether religion has a future. The abrupt shift in the perception of religion is only partly explained by terrorism. As in the past, this is a type of atheism that mirrors the faith it rejects. Zealous atheism renews some of the worst features of Christianity and Islam. Discordianism. "Sacred Chao" redirects here.
For the German thrash metal band by that name, see Living Death. There is some division as to whether it should be regarded as a parody religion, and if so to what degree. It is difficult to estimate the number of Discordians because they are not required to hold Discordianism as their only belief system, and because there is an encouragement to form schisms and cabals. Founding The foundational document of Discordianism is the Principia Discordia, fourth edition, written by Malaclypse the Younger, an alias of Greg Hill. This book contains many references to an earlier source, The Honest Book of Truth (HBT). Organization The very idea of a Discordian organization is something of a paradox. POEE The sect of Discordianism founded by Malaclypse the Younger and Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst is known as the Paratheo-Anametamystikhood Of Eris Esoteric (POEE). the Principia contains some details about the structure of POEE.