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Orthodox Anthropology

Fr. John Bethancourt

June 2014

Fr. John Bethancourt, priest at Holy Trinity Church (Antiochian) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, spoke at St. Mark (OCA) in Rochester Hills, Michigan, the weekend immediately following Ascension. His topic was Orthodox anthropology, particularly as it pertains to the soul and the faculties within the soul: the Perceptive Power (Nous), Appetitive Power (Epithymia), and Incensive Power (Thymos). Fr. John gave three talks and also spoke at a men’s breakfast. The talks are described below:

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  • June 19, 2014
    The Apophatic Way, or way of “unknowing," leads to the greatest “knowing” of God and His Kingdom. It is complementary to the poetic path discussed previously. Instead of an upward movement, however, it is the movement downward to inner stillness through the use of the Jesus Prayer, watchfulness (nepsis), and silence.
    1:20:52
  • June 19, 2014
    Fr. John uses this word from St. Porphyrios to describe the harnessing of the three powers to create an upward movement that can lead to greater communion with God.
    1:09:08
  • June 19, 2014
    Fr. John speaks at a men's breakfast sponsored by St. Mark Orthodox Church in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
    1:22:51
  • June 19, 2014
    Fr. John speaks at a men's breakfast sponsored by St. Mark Orthodox Church in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
    13:24
  • June 19, 2014
    Fr. John explores the three main powers the Fathers speak of as dwelling in each person: the Nous, Epithymia, and Thymos. He looks at how they become distorted in fallen man and discusses the three medicines given by Christ for their healing.
    1:40:38

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