Law, Medicine, and Thoughts: East and West

Nearly every blog post written on this site has concerned itself with the realm of the thoughts and how they play a significant role in one’s psychological state and one’s spiritual life.  It occurs to me that some more background information might be appropriate at this point. As an Orthodox spiritual father confessor, it is my task to assist each of my spiritual children in examining the inner world of their thoughts, in order to get to the root of the behaviors, emotional reactions, and motivations that tend to define their lives.  The ancient fathers tell us that it is in the thoughts … [Read more...]

The Modes of Faith, Reason and the Role of the Nous in Coping with Thoughts

In our last blog post, we spoke about faith and hesychasm as means of coping with the thoughts. In the West, the mode of reason has been championed as the sine qua non concerning all knowledge claims about the human person and the world in which we live.  This is a radical departure from the ancient Christian world view where, as I note in chapter five of my book, “In addition to a primitive mode of passion and a metacognitive mode of reason, the man of faith knows a third state in which he experiences diving grace through the spiritual heart that is also called the nous.  Saint Mark the … [Read more...]