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 … [Read more...]
Body and Soul, and the School of Synergy
by Fr. Patrick Henry ReardonThe Church Fathers sometimes use the word synthesis when they speak of the mutual relationship of man’s soul and body (E.g., Clement of Alexandria, Stromateis 4.26; Cyril of Alexandria, Letters 45; Maximus the Confessor, Letters 15). When they treat of the synthetic … [Read more...]
What is the Nous, and How is it Distinct from the Soul?
by Fr. John WhitefordMore 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 … [Read more...]