Passions of the Soul

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Passions of the Soul

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The Eastern Christian tradition is filled with theological and spiritual riches.

In Passions of the Soul, Rowan Williams opens up the great classics of Eastern Christian writing to show how it can help us to understand and cope with the ups and downs of modern life.

With compelling and illuminating insight, he shows the cost of living in a culture that is theologically and philosophically undernourished, working with a diminished and trivialized picture of the human self. The Eastern tradition teaches us how to develop our self-knowledge and awareness, so that we can relate to the world without selfish illusions. Only then can we be ready for our eyes to be opened to God, and avoid destructive patterns of behaviour.

Only in this way can we understand the kind of people we need to become.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Tradition for Learning Freedom
Part One
1.Mapping the Passion of the Soul
2.Pride and Listlessness
3.Anger, Gluttony and the Grace of Poverty
4.Avarice, Lust and the Risks of Mercy
5.Envy, Despair and the Light of Hope
Part Two
1.6.To Stand Where Christ Stands
2.7.Early Christian Writing

Product details

Published 18 Jan 2024
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 160
ISBN 9781399415682
Imprint Bloomsbury Continuum
Dimensions 198 x 129 mm
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Rowan Williams

Rowan Williams is a former Archbishop of Canterbur…

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