Rich in references to the teaching of the saints and Fathers, this book combines the insights of West & East. A classic of Orthodox spirituality.Rich in references to the teaching of the saints and Fathers, this book combines the insights of West & East. A classic of Orthodox spirituality.Read Less
Fair. 0913836524 TITLE: UNSEEN WARFAREAUTHOR: THEOPHAN RECLUSISBN 10: 0913836524ISBN 13: 9780913836521BINDING: PaperbackPUBLICATION DATE: 1978PAGES: 280DESCRIPTION: This volume will have extensive marking/highlighting and-or bent pages and-or dinged pages/corners and-or weak/broken hinges and-or library stickers, stamps, or pouches and-or mildew and-or water damage. This volume will be usable but won't be pretty.
Near Fine. 0264663047. 8vo-21.5 x 13.5 cm.; 280 pp. First published by Faber in 1952. The original work by Scupoli has been readily available in English translation. This present work is the result of a translation into English, with some editing, of a volume with a history. First written in Latin then translated into Greek plus the addition of another shorter work of Scupoli's by Nicodemus, a monk of Mount Athos in the eighteenth century. Nicodemus gave the work the title "Unseen Warfare". This book was then translated into Russian by Bishop Theophane the Recluse who also made some editorial changes and additions. It is this later work that has now been translated by E. Kadloubovsky and G. E. H. Palmer into the English we have here. A new introduction is given by H. A. Hodges. Of the earlier work, it is said that St. Francis de Sales carried this book in his pocket for twenty years and read it each day which brings us back to the beginning again as this treatise, Spiritual Combat and Path to Paradise (or Peace of Soul) is actually attributed to various authors, most probably the first sketch was done by Dom John de Castanifa, a Spanish Benedictine, and the finishing of it done by Dom Scupoli, a Theatine of Italy. Leaving all that aside this particular copy has a previous owner's name on the first page and other than some very mild wear to the cover edges, appears to have been used very little if at all.
New. Unseen Warfare consists of eighty chapters on how to wage spiritual warfare, and thus avoid the fate of those who embrace spiritual atrophy. Originally written by a sixteenth-century Roman Catholic priest, Lorenzo Scupoli, the text was translated into Greek and edited by the Orthodox monk Nicodemus of Mount Athos in the eighteenth century. It was further revised and translated into Russian by St. Theophan the Recluse, of whose version this current edition is a translation. The resulting book is thus a fascinating amalgam of simultaneous convergence and polemic between Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism. In his very helpful introduction to the present volume, Professor H.A. Hodges writes, ''The most drastic changes occur in the chapters dealing with the ways of prayer, and they amount, in sum, to a criticism of Scupoli's teaching at this point. Nor is the criticism merely personal; it is rather a conflict of traditions. It is not merely Nicodemus or Theophan substituting his own views for Scupoli's; it is the Orthodox Church criticizing the Counter Reformation and quietly but firmly adhering to its own more ancient traditions in the life of prayer. '' Unseen Warfare remains one of the most useful and trusted manuals in the vast literature of Orthodox teaching on the spiritual life. 280 pp.
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