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Evagrios' Writings QUESTION from Mike August 18, 2000 Dear Bro. John-Paul
I am a new seminarian in one of the Eastern Catholic churches, and lately I have been reading alot of material from the Philokalia. My question is on three works included in the Philokalia by Evagrios the Solitary.
I recently read that Evagrius was condemned (if I remember correctly) for supporting some of Origen's theories. So does this mean that his spiritual texts are no good? The texts specifically are: 'Outline Teaching on Ascetism and Stillness in the Solitary Life';'Texts on Discrimination in Respect of Passions and Thoughts';'On Prayer:153 Texts'; and Extracts from the Texts on Watchfulness'.
I would greatly appreciate it if you could tell me how these are viewed by the Church, as I don't want to be following something the Church says is off-base. If you could also give me an opinion on the Philokalia, that would be great also. And thank you for all your wonderful work on this website!
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, O.L.S.M. on November 19, 2000 Dear Mr. Mike:
I am going to refer your question to our resident theologian, Bro. Anthony.
I am sorry to do this after such a long wait for an answer, and unfortunately we must wait some more -- Bro. Anthony will not be back until December 3rd.
But I will refer this question to him when he returns.
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