Session Title

Asceticism and Philosophy in Medieval Asia Minor and Central and South Eastern Europe

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Romanian Institute of Orthodox Theology and Spirituality of New York

Organizer Name

Theodor Damian

Organizer Affiliation

Metropolitan College of New York

Presider Name

Daniela Anghel

Presider Affiliation

Romanian Institute of Orthodox Theology and Spirituality of New York

Paper Title 1

Interdisciplinary Endeavors in Gregory of Nazianzus's Poetry

Presenter 1 Name

Theodor Damian

Paper Title 2

The Ascetic Agenda of Nilus of Ancyra

Presenter 2 Name

Clair McPherson

Presenter 2 Affiliation

General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church

Paper Title 3

Radical Incarnation: The Body in the Hesychast Tradition

Presenter 3 Name

Alina N. Feld

Presenter 3 Affiliation

General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church

Start Date

12-5-2017 3:30 PM

Session Location

Bernhard 209

Description

Some of the most educated leaders of the Christian church, for example the Cappadocian Fathers who successfully graduated from the most famous schools of the time, local and international, considered asceticism and the contemplation of the beauty in God’s creation as the highest level of philosophy.

Asked where he got his acknowledged wisdom, Socrates responded: “From the things that do not lie;” in other words, not from people but from the contemplation of “things”, of the created order.

This session intends to encourage scholars in both fields, theology and philosophy, to take a new look at the relation between theology and philosophy, a relation of incompatibility according to some, and of compatibility and consistency according to others, and eventually to discover or rediscover that the beauty of philosophy is not limited to intellectual sophistry, but that it targets the daily life of a person giving him or her guidance in terms of how to live this life in order to make sure that one reaches the next level of existence in God’s communion.

Theodor Damian

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May 12th, 3:30 PM

Asceticism and Philosophy in Medieval Asia Minor and Central and South Eastern Europe

Bernhard 209

Some of the most educated leaders of the Christian church, for example the Cappadocian Fathers who successfully graduated from the most famous schools of the time, local and international, considered asceticism and the contemplation of the beauty in God’s creation as the highest level of philosophy.

Asked where he got his acknowledged wisdom, Socrates responded: “From the things that do not lie;” in other words, not from people but from the contemplation of “things”, of the created order.

This session intends to encourage scholars in both fields, theology and philosophy, to take a new look at the relation between theology and philosophy, a relation of incompatibility according to some, and of compatibility and consistency according to others, and eventually to discover or rediscover that the beauty of philosophy is not limited to intellectual sophistry, but that it targets the daily life of a person giving him or her guidance in terms of how to live this life in order to make sure that one reaches the next level of existence in God’s communion.

Theodor Damian