Pemptousia and OCN have entered a strategic partnership to bring Orthodoxy Worldwide. Greek philosophers from Ionia considered held that there were four elements or essences (ousies) in nature: earth, water, fire and air. Aristotle added ether to this foursome, which would make it the fifth (pempto) essence, pemptousia, or quintessence. The incarnation of God the Word found fertile ground in man’s proclivity to beauty, to goodness, to truth and to the eternal. Orthodoxy has not functioned as some religion or sect. It was not the movement of the human spirit towards God but the revelation of the true God, Jesus Christ, to man. A basic precept of Orthodoxy is that of the person – the personhood of God and of man. Orthodoxy is not a religious philosophy or way of thinking but revelation and life standing on the foundations of divine experience; it is the transcendence of the created and the intimacy of the Uncreated. Orthodox theology is drawn to genuine beauty; it is the theology of the One “fairer than the sons of men”. So in "Pemptousia", we just want to declare this "fifth essence", the divine beaut in our life. Please note, not all Pemptousia articles have bylines. If the author is known, he or she is listed in the article above.
This video was presented at the 1st International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care (DMOPC15) in Athens on May 7-9, 2015, under His All-Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew. Click here to see more videos from DMOPC15 on YouTube.
The ‘Saint Maximos the Greek’ Institute for the Investigation, Preservation and Promotion of Spiritual and Cultural Traditions, which has been active for a number of years in this field, in particular through the spiritually-orientated ‘Pemptousia’ website, convened the conference in co-operation with the Orthodox Christian Network (myocn.net) of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America, and ‘Bogoslov’ of the Department of Religious Education of the Patriarchate of Moscow.
Learn more about the 1st International Conference on Digital Medial and Orthodox Pastoral Care on myocn.net.
Protopresbyter Constantin Coman is Professor New Testament Studies of the Theological School, University of Bucharest. Here he speaks on “An attempt at a niptic/philokalic approach to the Internet. “
About Pemptousia: Contemporary post-modern man does understand what man is. Through its presence in the internet world, Pemptousia, with its spirit of respect for beauty that characterizes it, wishes to contribute to the presentation of a better meaning of life for man, to the search for the ontological dimension of man, and to the awareness of the unfathomable mystery of man who is always in Christ in the process of becoming, of man who is in the image of divine beauty. And the beauty of man springs from the beauty of the Triune God. In the end, “beauty will save the world”. Learn More.
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