Asceticism and the Eucharist
Exploring Orthodox Spirituality with Metropolitan John Zizioulas
Hardback |256 pp |234 x 156 mm
eBook |224 pp
‘A sparkling (and challenging!) introduction to Orthodox spiritual theology seen through the lens of contemporary Orthodox theology. It provides an essential intervention in the current debate among scholars concerning the contours of Orthodox spiritual theology. More than that, it is pastorally useful for instruction of the faithful, calling us to celebrate the “liturgy of the Eucharist” and the “liturgy of the heart,” without playing off one against the other.’
‘Asceticism and the Eucharist is particularly valuable to the current theological dialogue and rapprochement of Eastern and Western Christians.’
‘The book is insightful, soberly critical, dialogical and transformative. A highly valuable theological reading.’
Guided by the teachings of celebrated Orthodox theologian Metropolitan John Zizioulas, this outstanding volume by Maxym Lysack demonstrates the twin importance to Orthodox spiritual theology of asceticism (usually practised as a personal discipline) and the Eucharist (the corporate celebration that makes us one with God as Church), and also the essential complementarity of the two approaches.