Feast of Hesychius the Martyr
Unseen Warfare by Lorenzo Scupoli; edited by Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain; revised by Theophan the Recluse
UNSEEN WARFARE consists of eighty chapters on how to wage spiritual warfare, and thus avoid the fate of those who embrace spiritual atrophy. Originally written by a sixteenth-century Roman Catholic priest, Lorenzo Scupoli, the text was translated into Greek and edited by the Orthodox monk Nicodemus of Mount Athos in the eighteenth century. It was further revised and translated into Russian by St. Theophan the Recluse, of whose version this current edition is a translation. The resulting book is thus a fascinating amalgam of simultaneous convergence and polemic between Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism. In his very helpful introduction to the present volume, Professor H. A. Hodges writes, ''The most drastic changes occur in the chapters dealing with the ways of prayer, and they amount, in sum, to a criticism of Scupoli's teaching at this point. Nor is the criticism merely personal; it is rather a conflict of traditions. It is not merely Nicodemus or Theophan substituting his own views for Scupoli's; it is the Orthodox Church criticizing the Counter Reformation and quietly but firmly adhering to its own more ancient traditions in the life of prayer.'' Unseen Warfare remains one of the most useful and trusted manuals in the vast literature of Orthodox teaching on the spiritual life.
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