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The Meaning of Reality

the-meaning-of-reality-200pxTHE MEANING OF REALITY
by Christos Yannaras

The collection of articles traces the thought of Christos Yanaras through his long journey in discovering the meaning of existence, communion, eros, and history. It is a cause of immense joy that no fewer than twenty articles of passionate significance and substance have at present been gathered together in this volume under the title The Meaning of Reality.

Yannaras is undoubtedly one of the most significant thinkers of our time. Kallistos Ware once described him as "the most creative and prophetic religious thinker at work in Greece today," while Rowan Williams characterizes him as "one of the most significant Christian philosophers in Europe." His very wide and no less deep education helps him to develop an inimitable blend of philosophy, theology, and social criticism, and to speak in an original way about the traditional and contemporary issues of human existence, as well as the latest challenges of modern empirical science and political engagement. A detailed knowledge of the writings of the Holy Fathers has always been his foundation amidst the labyrinth of modern thought - which is inimately bound up with psychoanalysis, environmental issues, human rights, postmodernism, and pluralism , to mention just a few. Insistence on the primacy, uniqueness, and eternal value of human personality prevails in almost all his works and inspires his own vigorous theological and ecumenical engagement, based on the Orthodox eucharistic and ascetic tradition.

"This is a volume of occasional pieces, some of them drawn from Yannaras’s journalism, which present many of his leading ideas in an attractive and accessible manner. The essays translated here cover a wide variety of topics ranging from a comment on Alyosha Karamazov’s claim that love must come before logic if we are to understand the meaning of life to a reflection on the challenges facing the Greek nation in the second decade of the twenty-first century. The topics may be varied but the perspective in which they are presented remains constant: a vision of life that is ecclesial (transcending an individualistic need for emotional security), transformatory (partaking of a new mode of existence in the eucharistic assembly), referential (realizing relation with the other by overcoming ontic individuality), and ek-static (expressing itself in self-denial and self-offering). This is the vision that informs all of Yannaras’s books."
- Norman Russell, an Honorary Research Fellow of St Stephen’s House, Oxford

202 pages, soft bound, published in 2011

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