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.
Pemptousia is in the happy position of announcing to its reading public that henceforth you will be able to find and obtain many of the titles published by the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopaidi and the ‘Maxim the Greek’ Institute in the form of Ebooks, through iTUNES and AMAZON.
At a time when digital media have become part and parcel of our lives, facilitating many of the everyday, and other, functions that occupy us, the Ebook has provided readers with access to an enormous number of publications and books.
These are books in digital form which are published with the possibility of being read on line, or, if they’ve been downloaded, on an Ebook reader, a computer, a cell phone, a tablet or some other electronic device.
Having maintained a continuous presence and witness in the digital world, especially that of Orthodoxy, Pemptousia is now giving readers the opportunity to acquire an outstanding series of publications from the Monastery and the Institute, in both Greek and English.
These are publications which give people the chance to get to know the Athonite tradition, experience and theology, as well as the spiritual riches of the Holy Mountain in general, all of which brings them spiritual peace and leads them on a quest for eternal values.
Some of these are:
The Works of the late Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos
The Works of Elder Efraim, the Abbot of the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopaidi
The academic periodical ‘Analogia’, published by the Institute and other publications of note.
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OCN has partnered with Pemptousia. A Contemporary post-modern man does not 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”.