The Mountain of Silence (Kyriacos C. Markides)
Posted 04 July 2011 - 04:12 AM
Posted 25 July 2011 - 10:17 AM
Posted 04 October 2011 - 02:55 AM
I had the privilege of meeting and getting to know Kyriacos Markides through the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George in Bangor, Maine. He is a wonderful man, and, may I add, adds a wonderful baritone to the Divine Liturgy! Kyriacos is passionate about his religion. He is a devout Orthodox, and his book has truly influenced many. The book is not meant to be taken as the personal journey through the Orthodox faith as taken by Kyriacos, but indeed is to be understood as the revelation of the Orthodox faith to the skeptic. I know, I was once with Kyriacos, as a skeptic. But now, I can truly tell each and and everyone of of you, that it is through this experience that Kyriacos has indeed embraced the path to Christ, he is indeed a faithful servant and Orthodox.
Posted 14 October 2011 - 12:08 PM
Posted 14 October 2011 - 12:42 PM
Yes, "gusto." He doesn't mess around and he is not motivated by fear in any way shape or form. Those who might wish to do a paper on the shape and dimension of fear in Eastern Orthodoxy today will come up completely empty if they try to reference this book.
Even in the first sentence of his Prolegomena he sets the tone:
"When I arrived in America in the early sixties for my higher education, I brought with me a naive faith in the Christian religion, the Church, and the God of my forefathers and grandmothers. It was a taken-for-granted faith based on an upbringing within the insulated and homogeneous confines of Eastern Orthodoxy . . ."
There are two good book titles right there, "A Naive Faith" and "A Taken-For-Granted Faith." Or, maybe one should be the sub-title of the other.
This book is not for those with a spirit of timidity or a spirit of fear. But, for all others it is a must read.
Posted 04 July 2013 - 02:14 PM
If you loved this book, by all means, read his next book: 'Gifts of the Desert', and his most recent sequel to both these books: 'Inner River:A Pilgrimage to the heart of Christian spirituality'. I just finished it, and, as with the other books, was sad when I did....
Posted 12 October 2014 - 06:35 PM
I have read all of Mr. Markides books reguarding his relationship with monk/father Maximos. Kyriakos also came to our church to talk about the first book Mountain of Silence. I certainly agree that he takes a scientific aproach at best, however, through talks with Father Maximos and different experiences he is drawn deeper and deeper into the Spiritual World of Orthodox Christianity. I even found his lastet book " Inner River " to be interresting. He and his wife, both scolars, use the methods and teachings of thier perspective trades to help them understand that which may be beyond our comprehention. It is a very 2 demensional approach for me. I embrace the Mystical, Spiritual Truths and do not try to break them down and explain them in a more acedemic fashion. However I realize that many people, especially if they have spent years in studying and teaching and believing in certain scientific and acedemic theories, would need to use those to help them understand Spirituality. Never the less, the books are well written and one can see his groth as he explores the Greek Orthodox Monastic and Spiritual Truths.
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