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Written by Basil on 12/30/2003 9:35 PM. Filed under:

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Karl declares that he has read Christ the Eternal Tao, by Priest-monk Damascene — a disciple of Priest-monk Seraphim. I would like for him to speak about it at length, either here or on his own blog.

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6 Responses to “Call for Comment”

  1. Karl Thienes Says:

    “Are you threatening me”? (said with a Beevis v/o)

    Seriously, what specifically would you like me to say about it? So many options and tangents.…

    One thing I’ll say quickly is that along with Chesterton’s Everlasting Man and Lewis’ Abolition of Man, this book really helped me understand how the Holy Spirit is truly “everywhere present and filling all things”

    I first read it (a priest’s copy) when I was an inquirer…that was 5 years ago. I need to read it again to brush up.

  2. basil Says:

    No: no threats. Just wanting your usually thoughtful, insightful analysis. Especially interesting would be your opinion after some time in the church.

    I’ve read about half of the book. I really like the part written in verse and based on the Tao te Ching, but I keep getting bogged down in the quasi-Origenesque stuff about sexuality being a result of the fall — the same place that I get stuck with Priest-monk Damascene’s mentor.

  3. Karl Thienes Says:

    Yeah, I’ve never been super-impressed with the orgiastic fascination with Origenism that seems to infatuate certain circles within Orthodoxy…then again, I think some of his works are superb.

    After I read “Tao” again, I’ll post some thoughts on my blog. Hopefully I can get to that early this spring!

  4. basil Says:

    Well, as I understand it, his ideas were pretty thoroughly appropriated by Evagrius — especially his anthropology and soteriology — and through him they profoundly influence most of the Eastern monastic teaching on spirituality.

  5. Karl Says:

    In some ways it is a real shame about both Origen and Evagrius. Some of Evagrius’ writing is amazingly good. Very interesting men, nonetheless.

  6. scrabble Says:

    Thanks for an interesting read!