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Orthodox Anthropology

Orthodox Anthropology

June 2014 5 episodes

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:


Episodes

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Jun 19, 2014

Pilgrimage on the Apophatic Way

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.

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1:20:52
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Jun 19, 2014

If You Want to be a Christian, First Become a Poet

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.

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1:09:08
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Jun 19, 2014

Men and the Incensive Power: Part 2

Fr. John speaks at a men's breakfast sponsored by St. Mark Orthodox Church in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

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1:22:51
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Jun 19, 2014

Men and the Incensive Power: Part 1

Fr. John speaks at a men's breakfast sponsored by St. Mark Orthodox Church in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

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13:24
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Jun 19, 2014

The Transformation of the Inner Man

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.

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1:40:38
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