A Meeting of Minds
t Preface t his pastoral study in patristic theology and cognitive therapy represents an attempt to seek answers to questions that the particularities of life, training, and circumstances have set before me. From an early age, the predictive power of science captivated my mind, whereas the transfigurational love of Christ captured my soul. In the monastic republic of Athos, where venerable ascetics have discerningly cultivated a way of life that can and does produce the fruits of sanctity, I also encountered the products of a very different vine. In addition to the perennial givens of human passions and sin, a quite contemporary nexus of psychological issues seemed to be hindering some very good souls from receiving and living monastic counsels in such a way as to bring forth fruit one hundred fold. Starting out with the intuition that contemporary scientific approaches might have something significant to offer to resolve those issues, I began a venturesome exploration whose final destination seemed at times obscure. Notwithstanding at journey’s end, the fathers’ teachings comforted my soul, renewed my zeal, and gave me hope. They also provided me with familiar surroundings in which to lay the valuable tools from cognitive therapy, so that they too could be marshaled for the task of helping others lead a healthy life in mind and spirit. I believe that what I have written can be beneficial for many people. It has certainly been so for me. Rigging a vessel and loading the ballast are hardly as invigorating as...
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