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September 2015 Web Final

September 2015

Orthodox Christianity

Orthodox Christianity Inquiries to St. George’s Orthodox Church, Edenton, NC. Telephone 482-2006 All chapters copyright © 2014 by author Nick Martone, c/o St. George’s Church P.O. Box 38, Edenton, NC. DEEP CALLETH UNTO DEEP (Psalms 42:7) THE LABOR OF REGENERATION: PART I I entreat you not to leave your heart unguarded, as long as you are in the body. Just as a farmer cannot feel confident about the crop growing in his fields, because he does not know what will happen to it before it is stored away in his granary, so a man should not leave his heart unguarded as long as he still has breath in his nostrils. Up to his last breath he cannot know what passion will attack him; as long as he breathes, therefore, he must not leave his heart unguarded. Isaiah the Solitary, 4th century Often lamented in the contemporary Christian West is a dearth of the Faith’s vertical component. There is plenty of horizontal Western Christianity— there’s plenty of fellowship, and an abundance of charitable works. But introspective Western Christians frequently lament the absence of a serious tradition of deep spiritual work in their denominations. Indeed, the theology of most Western confessions doesn’t support an understanding of such work; and (as astonishing as it may seem to an informed Orthodox Christian) this need often appears to go altogether unrecognized. Perhaps this disconnect of modern Western Christianity from its ancient Orthodox roots proceeds from the recent Western doctrinal novelty of “once saved, always saved,”— a theology that dangles one’s eternal mantle upon the shaky peg of a single peak experience. If one feels that one’s spiritual task is a fait accompli, there would seem little for the Christian to do beyond works of mercy and a beckoning to those unfortunates who are as yet unsaved. And yet, what of the Western Christian who sees beneath the lustrous surface of his new “salvation,” and there perceives the reality of Fallenness? Who perceives there a corruption and the unblinking darkness within the very fibers of his own personhood, contemporaneous with, contending with the Light?—and who feels the movement of the darkness without, unsleeping, skulking through the substance of the world, leering just behind the façade? What of this aware Christian, who is unable to pretend that all is well? Small wonder that Christianity in the West has acquired among so many serious seekers an image as vapid and irrelevant. Or that so many serious Westerners abandon the Christianity of their childhood for Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Native American spirituality—and even Islam—world views that offer well-articulated theologies that speak frankly to their existential horror; theologies that are often accompanied by ancient and sophisticated traditions of deep spiritual work. And just as tragically, many seekers despair and retreat into an angry, dissipating humanism. Or they abandon themselves to drugs, alcohol, thrill-seeking, sexual license, and other brief flights of escapism. It was from such an horrific background of unanswered existential grief, and of desperate spiritual seeking, and of despair and degradation, that a certain contemporary American, a man of rare brilliance, one Eugene Rose (1934-1982), extricated himself. And, having once found the vein of Light, he abandoned horizontal meandering, and embarked unflinchingly upon a life of deep, vertical, transformative Christian ascetical work as an Orthodox Christian monk. From the monastery that he helped to found in the wilderness of Northern California, he established a ministry of the printed word that even now, over three decades after his death, testifies to the potential for real change of the deep heart through the authentic, ancient Christianity. It was to those who, like him, knew experientially the deep horror of Fallen existence, that he spoke especially. “How many honest searchers, if they knew all that [Christianity] really was, would not hesitate to embrace it?” Next month: Father Seraphim Rose and the Deep Work 8 Albemarle Tradewinds September 2015 albemarletradewinds.com

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