Thanks I feel much clearer on the issue. This has raised another question but it is unrelated and I will still a new thread to address it.
Here's the problem I have with this concept of applying nepsis to activites such as reading certain material, playing certain games, or watching certain TV shows.
I feel it's counter-productive to completely abstain from watching a video or a book written by an atheist, or any other person with "unorthodox" (little "o" there) beliefs all in the name of guarding one's soul. Anna and many others have made reference to this before, and I am having a hard trouble grasping it.
St. Peter says that we must
"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." 1 Peter 3:15
How can we hope to do this if we don't read and understand the argument of the opposition? I love Fr. Thomas Hopko and he put out a really great series on "Darwin and Christianity" (link here) and it is clear that he did his research. I know many of you are familiar with the series and I think you can agree he did extensive reading from both sides of the isle. The book that eventually led me to Christianity was one by Timothy Keller (found here) in which he looks at the major points made by skeptics of Christianity and even quotes them in their original works. Not to mention he was a protestant with a very protestant understanding of the fall and original sin, and yet I still found my way to Orthodoxy. How can we give an answer if we do not read/watch things that often challenge or even undermine our faith?
Therefore I have trouble understanding the relation between nepsis and abstention from unsavory literature. I hope you all can help me. I don't mean to pick on Anna in the slightest, she merely made reference to it and brought it to my attention again.
Edited by Anthony D., 09 February 2013 - 09:59 PM.