Category Archives: Zizioulas & Yannaras

Repentance and Salvation: Transcending the Pharisee Within

“For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matt 16:25)—here is the heart of Orthodox ethics, Christos Yannaras passionately avers. This may come as a surprise to many. … Continue reading

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“We circle aimlessly in the void, in the insoluble mystery of death”

We circle aimlessly in the void, in the insoluble mystery of death. Countless galaxies around us, and beyond us stars “like the sand on the shores of the sea.” Dead worlds without the smiles of flowers, the songs of birds, … Continue reading

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“The metaphysics of the body and the flesh of metaphysics is love”

The metaphysics of the body and the flesh of metaphysics is love. A breathing-in of life into the empty shell of concepts, a tactile material which clothes the language in the sinews, skin, and flesh of reality. Signifiers of that … Continue reading

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“Earth’s body, wonder of the principle of nature, and the call of that universal wonder is tangible in human flesh”

You are all fair, my companion and there is no flaw in you. Nature’s yoke-fellow, closest companion of life, is all fair. Mine and not mine, nearest and farthest immediacy. Always resistant to being pinned down to what is fixed … Continue reading

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“The privation of love always generates angry denouncers or astringent prophets”

Love emerges like the dawn and dispenses all the fears of the night shadows. That is why a radiant fearlessness is also a sign of true love. He who has experienced blessed reciprocity does not fear because he does not … Continue reading

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“The final disarming of self-giving attires itself in the language of revelatory nakedness”

We read love in the glance, in the smile, in the grace of movement. The body speaks the soul’s language. The soul expresses life’s yearning. With the light of unbounded expressiveness. Even in the most egocentric thirst for pleasure, the … Continue reading

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“Logic and law are the weapons of religion, the weapons that protect the ego”

Love has no logic—with what logic does a saint pray for reptiles and demons? It is religion that has logic, armored with the panoply of the law. Logic and law are the weapons of religion, the weapons that protect the … Continue reading

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