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Posted 03 March 2013 - 05:49 PM

Title: Life After Death According to the Orthodox Tradition

Author: Jean-Claude Larchet, translated by G. John Champoux

Publisher: Orthodox Research Institute , 2012

ISBN: 978-1-933275-62-8

Pages: 335

Price: $27.95 list

Links: http://www.orthodoxr...fter_death.html


Description (back cover): Life after Death according to the Orthodox Tradition presents the teachings from Orthodox Church tradition. On a few points, these teachings differ significantly from those of the Catholic and Protestant confessions. Some divergences between eastern and western traditions have existed since the fifth century, but have been considerably accentuated since the twelfth century, when the West, to borrow an expression from the historian Jacques Le Goff, ‘invented Purgatory.’ The Latin tradition is, however, in its roots, in perfect agreement with the eastern tradition. Also, although in our references we give the greatest space to the Greek Fathers, we will surely cite convergent or complementary teachings and testimonies of the Latin Fathers and hagiographers of antiquity. We hope in this way to make better known to Orthodox the teachings of their own often scattered about and poorly known tradition, and also to acquaint Catholic or Protestant readers with teachings unknown to them or which long ago ceased being within the compass of their faith, but which nevertheless belong to the rich patrimony of an ancient Christian tradition which, in its origins, is or should be common to all.


Table of Contents:


Chapter One - Death: Origin and Spiritual Meaning


Chapter Two - The Moment of Death


Chapter Three - From the First to the Third Day Following Death: The Separation of the Soul from the Body


Chapter Four - From the Third to the Ninth Day: The Traversing of the Aerial Toll-Houses


Chapter Five - From the Ninth to the Fortieth Day: The Introduction into the Other World


Chapter Six - The Fortieth Day: The Particular Judgment


Chapter Seven - From the Fortieth Day to the Last Judgment: The Intermediate State


Chapter Eight - Purgatory


Chapter Nine - The Relations Between the Living and the Dead


Chapter Ten - The Resurrection and the Last Judgment


Chapter Eleven - Eternal Life: The Kingdom of Heaven and Hell


Chapter Twelve - Preparing Oneself for Death and Life in the Hereafter

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 06:31 PM

About the author:


Jean-Claude Larchet is one of the most important and interesting Orthodox scholars writing today. Born in 1949, Dr Larchet holds doctorates in philosophy (1987) and theology (1994). The author of fifteen books, his three volumes on St Maximos the Confessor – La Divinisation de l'homme selon saint Maxime le Confesseur (1996), Maxime le Confesseur, médiateur entre l'Orient et l'Occident (1998), and Saint Maxime le Confesseur (2003) – are widely acknowledged as among the best studies of this great saint and theologian published in any lanaguage. Equally remarkable is his three-part series on illness and healing in the Patristic tradition: Théologie de la maladie (1991), Thérapeutique des maladies mentales (1992), and Thérapeutique des maladies spirituelles (1997). The first two volumes have appeared in English translation under the titles The Theology of Illness (2002) and Mental Disorders and Spiritual Healing (2005). Unfortunately, the third volume – the masterpiece of the trilogy, and the heftiest (864 pages in French) – has not yet appeared in English, although a short excerpt has appeared in Divine Ascent (No 11, Lent 2008). Dr Larchet is one of the very few contemporary authors who is able seamlessly to combine rigorous scholarship with a vibrant sense of the inner life of the Church.


News items in Greek and French report that the third volume of Dr Larchet's trilogy – The Therapy of Spiritual Illness – has now been released in Greek translation (under the title Η θεραπευτική των πνευματικών νοσημάτων - Εισαγωγή στην ασκητική παράδοση της Ορθοδόξου Εκκλησίας) by Apostoliki Diakonia, the official imprint of the Church of Greece. The Greek edition (in two volumes) was official released at a major function held in Athens on Wednesday, April 7, 2009, attended by over 200 people, including several hierarchs, many clergy, and representatives the Theology Faculty of the University of Athens. The event was opened by Metropolitan Damaskinos, a member of the Holy Synod, who read a letter of greeting from the Primate of the Church of Greece, Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens and All Greece. Further remarks were offered by Bishop Agathangelos, general editor of Apostoliki Diakonia; Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos, who is well known for his own works written in a similar vein; Hieromonk Damianos of Mt Athos, who is trained both as a doctor and a theologian; Stylianos Papadopoulos, professor emeritus of patrology at the Theological Faculty of the University of Athens; and, finally, the author himself, who expressed his gratitude to the translators and publishers of his work. On the following day Dr Larchet was interviewed for the Church of Greece's radio station and received by His Beatitude, Archbishop Ieronymos.

Source: http://ishmaelite.bl...de-larchet.html

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