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.
27 May 2016- Between 7 and 9 May 2015, the 1st International Conference of Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care (DMOPC15 – Living Water) was organized in Athens by Pemptousia, in collaboration with the Orthodox Internet portals ‘Orthodox Christian Network’ (www.myocn.net, Organ of the Synod of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America) and Bogoslov (www.bogoslov.ru, of the Department of Theological Training of the Moscow Patriarchate).
72 speakers from 21 countries and with a variety of specialities and ecclesiastical rank took part in the conference.
The proceedings highlighted the advances, but also the concerns, which have arisen from the use of the Internet. The content of the proceedings is now available to anyone interested, so that all who wish to benefit from it can have immediate access. There are two ways in which the Conference can be watched:
a) By day, at http://www.dmopc15.com/program-2/
b) By Speaker, at http://www.dmopc15.com/speakers/
c) At the Youtube Channel DMOPC15 Conference
It is our belief that this initiative of Pemptousia’s will reinforce the dialogue concerning the Pastoral use of the Internet and will contribute to the qualitative improvement of the content of the Orthodox presence in this innovative means of communication.
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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