Marriage and Virginity According to St. John Chrysostom

Marriage and Virginity According to St John Chrysostom This book is a treasure trove of the distilled counsels of St John Chrysostom distilled from his thorough knowledge of and love for the Holy Scriptures and his profound respect for and obedience to th

  • Title: Marriage and Virginity According to St. John Chrysostom
  • Author: Josiah Trenham
  • ISBN: 9781887904308
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book is a treasure trove of the distilled counsels of St John Chrysostom distilled from his thorough knowledge of and love for the Holy Scriptures and his profound respect for and obedience to the mind of the Church concerning matters of great interest and importance for people of all ages and circumstances virginity, chastity, celibacy, marriage, contraception, parThis book is a treasure trove of the distilled counsels of St John Chrysostom distilled from his thorough knowledge of and love for the Holy Scriptures and his profound respect for and obedience to the mind of the Church concerning matters of great interest and importance for people of all ages and circumstances virginity, chastity, celibacy, marriage, contraception, parenting, family life, sexual practices, divorce, remarriage, and widowhood You will find that this great fourth century preacher and pastor of the Church still has an urgent and salvific message to proclaim to people of the twenty first century and beyond the soul profiting message of the beauty of consecrated virginity and the blessedness of marriage I trust that after receiving his inspired counsel you will marvel at the beauty of the Scripture based teachings so as to be lifted to the clouds in appreciation of and admiration for the God Who fashioned and sanctifies both states for His glory May it be so From the Foreword by His Grace Basil, Bishop of Wichita and Mid America, Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Saint John Chrysostom still speaks, today even louder than in the fourth century Not all will wish to hear him, as not all wished to hear him then But those who have humility will find in him an able instructor, and will find a place of confidence in these confusing times He radiates amidst the Holy Fathers of the Church as the great defender and sanctifier of the Christian home and city Adherence to his teaching has produced innumerable saints in the Church, spiritually born both in the monastery and in the Christian home, and is capable of producing the same today from the Afterword by Fr Josiah Trenham

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    1. Archpriest Josiah Trenham, Ph.D is a native Southern Californian He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood in 1993, and was awarded the Ph.D in Theology from the University of Durham, England, in 2004 He has served as pastor of St Andrew Orthodox Church in Riverside, Ca since 1998.Father Josiah is the founder and director of Patristic Nectar Publications, a company dedicated to nourishing the spiritually thirsty with the sweet teachings of the Holy Fathers in quality audio recordings PNP produces both recordings of patristic works as well as recordings of lectures and homilies available in direct download formats Father Josiah s weekly homilies and additional theological reflections are published weekly and listened to by thousands all over the globe on The Arena podcast on Ancient Faith Radio.Father serves as an instructor in and on the Board of Advisors of the Ss Cyril and Athanasius Orthodox Institute in San Francisco He is an adjunct professor of theology at St Katherine College in Encinitas, Ca 2010 present , and was an Adjunct Professor of History at California Baptist University 2003 2010 He is a member of the Orthodox Theological Society of America, and participates in yearly academic forums and symposia Since 2004 he has served on the Mayoral Environmental Committee GAP of the City of Riverside Father Josiah has also served as a member of the Secretariat of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops in the United States since its inception in May, 2010 Father Josiah was married in 1988, and has ten children.Father Josiah s books and articles have been published by St Herman Press, New Rome Press, Zoe Press, St Vladimir s Orthodox Theological Journal, Logos A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, The Journal of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, CIVA The Journal of Christians in the Visual Arts, Divine Ascent, The Word Magazine, OrthodoxyToday, American Orthodox Institute, Sourozh, Pemptousia Vatopaidi Monastery , Eastern Churches Review, and .Father Josiah has been interviewed by Fox News, Voice of Russia Radio VR , Russian Television RT , Ancient Faith Radio, Culture Shocks The Radio Show of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, and numerous local news outlets ABC, NBC, KTLA, 590 AM talk radio, and .Father Josiah has conducted interviews for his own podcast with numerous religious leaders of Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant traditions including Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of Oxford, England, Pastor Jim Garlow of Skyline Church, San Diego, and Prof Wesley Hill of Trinity Seminary, PA.Father Josiah has conducted numerous diocesan, parish, and clergy retreats and seminars for every Orthodox Christian jurisdiction in America and in Canada He has also spoken at numerous colleges and universities including Westmont College, St Katherine College, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, St Vladimir s Orthodox Theological Seminary, St Paul University, California Baptist University, San Jacinto Community College, and .

    2. I suspect this topic/title would strike most -- even Christians, even many Orthodox Christians -- as perhaps dry or dull, but it's the furthest thing from, provided you have even a slight interest in the subject matter. The patristic understanding of these and related issues (sex, contraception, eschatology etc.) would strike the vast majority of modern Christians as peculiar and idiosyncratic, if not crazy, but it's the genuine teaching of the Orthodox Church even to this day. On its face, marr [...]

    3. Very poor effort; it doesn't add anything of value Historically or Theologically. Trenham's work is severely lacking in it's placing of Chrysostom in any honest historical context and is more worryingly, very theologically flawed about key elements of Christian Life. This work is not unlike JP2's 'Theology of the Body' quite ironically, not only in those ways mentioned above but in it's incredible academic hubris and naivety. The ideas around birth control are anachronistic and lacking when comp [...]

    4. This book is a timely refresher on the Orthodox Christian understanding of marriage and virginity: Virginity is the highest state, but marriage is honorable for purposes of procreation, the proper ordering of our sexuality, and the rearing of children into the Christian life. Fr Josiah Trenham provides generous quotes from the Fathers, focusing on the writings of St John Chrysostom. The points that he makes shouldn't really need this much defense, especially within the Church, but in our time un [...]

    5. There is almost nothing in this book that accords with any modern "knowledge" about sex, marriage, and virginity. If you have come looking to have your views about these topics endorsed, look elsewhere—indeed, even most of the Orthodox I know would become irate at this book, myself included. I wanted to stop reading this book and throw it across the room at several points. I wanted St. John Chrysostom to be wrong about marriage and sex (or at least I wanted Fr. Josiah to be wrong in his interp [...]

    6. This is an excellent book. I have read the popular patristic book published by SVS Press On Marriage and the Family Life that compiles some of St. John's homilies on Marriage, but this book covers far more than that book covered. This new book by Fr. Josiah Trenham goes into an overview of prior patristic thinking on marriage and virginity, St. John's anthropology to better understand his thinking of marriage and virginity, and helps to dispel many of the modern prejudices concerning marriage. I [...]

    7. It doesn't get much better than this!Father Josiah is an extremely gifted speaker and writer, so when my friend and I began engaging in the Orthodox contraception debate, I tapped into his doctoral thesis on one of the greatest Fathers.Every inch of this book was a treasure. Chrysostom means "Golden Mouth", and it's not hard to understand why.I will publish a lengthier review in a few weeks when I re-read this book.

    8. Fr. Josiah's scholarship is subpar, he frequently misquotes St. John, or makes gross misattributions (anyone familiar with Greek or in possession of the collected works of St. John is welcome to verify this). It is clear that the works of St. John Chrysostom are merely a tool for Fr. Josiah to propagate his crypto-Calvinst views. I do not make these criticisms lightly. I am a very traditionally-minded Serbian Orthodox believer, but it is clear that Fr. Josiah's teaching owes more to a hermeneuti [...]

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