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Religions 2017, 8(6), 109;

The Healing Spirituality of Eastern Orthodoxy: A Personal Journey of Discovery

Department of Sociology, University of Maine Orono, Maine 04469, USA
I am grateful to my colleague Michael Lewis and my wife Emily Markides for their critical reading of the first draft.
Academic Editor: John A. Jillions
Received: 4 April 2017 / Revised: 26 May 2017 / Accepted: 2 June 2017 / Published: 8 June 2017
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It is generally assumed by western scholars and spiritual seekers that mystical, experiential religion and spirituality are primarily a hallmark of the far East, as exemplified by Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and tribal religions like native American shamanism. In this overview, based on thirty years of field research as a sociologist, I have tried to show that such mystical practices and spiritual approaches exist in Eastern Christianity among groups of lay people, as well as in ancient monasteries like those found on Mt. Athos in northern Greece. It is argued that these thousand-year-old practices in the Christian East may contribute to what some thinkers have called the “eye of contemplation”, namely the cultivation of the intuitive, spiritual side of human beings that has been repressed over the centuries because of the dominance of rationalism and scientific materialism. View Full-Text
Keywords: Eastern Orthodoxy; mysticism; religion; spirituality; healing Eastern Orthodoxy; mysticism; religion; spirituality; healing
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