What is a Noetic Life?

by Fr. Stephen Freeman Eskimos really do have over 50 words for snow. In total, there are around 180 words for snow and ice. There is “aqilokoq” for “softly falling snow” and “piegnartoq” for “the snow [that is] good for driving a sled.” There is also “utuqaq,” which means, “ice that lasts year after year” and […]

What is the Human Nous?

by Fr, John Romanides The chief concern of the Orthodox Church is the healing of the human soul. The Church has always considered the soul as the part of the human being that needs healing because She has seen from Hebrew tradition, from Christ Himself, and from the Apostles that in the region of the physical […]

What is the Nous, and How is it Distinct from the Soul?

by Fr. John Whiteford More excellent work from “Stump the Priest” Question: “What do we mean by the “nous,” how is it distinct from the soul, and are the Orthodox the only ones who speak about the “nous”?” This question is complicated by the fact that the word “nous” (which is usually translated into English […]

Nous: The Concord of Gnosis, Theoria & Theosis

by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo This article reminded me of a statement by C.S. Lewis, “You don’t have a soul, you are a soul. You have a body.” The Western Understanding of Nous. According to the 18th century German Philosopher, Emmanuel Kant, reality is divided between phenomena and noumena, that is, the realm of time, space […]

The Concept of Divine Energies

by David Bradshaw, University of Kentucky Anyone familiar with the history of western philosophy is aware of how large a role has been played within it by theology. This is true not only of the Middle Ages, when philosophy was the handmaiden of theology, but as recently as Hegel and Kierkegaard, or arguably even Heidegger […]