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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!
Thanks again
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.
God Bless.
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