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11. Philotheos: Volume > 10
George Varvatsoulias The Parable of the Prodigal Son as a Modern Psychological Reading
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The present paper deals with the topic of psychology of religion. It discusses the parable of the prodigal son and its understandings as a modern psychological reading. The article consists of two methods of approach:1. The first presents and discusses the various theological narratives of the text and their relation to the actual parable.2. The second interprets the parable of the prodigal son as a de-contextualised psychological reading.As to the first approach, the parable of the prodigal son is explained in relation to the discomfort the Pharisees and the Scribes were expressing against Jesus; it is continued with a discussion about the opposition of Jesus’ contemporaries as to His message to the people, whereas it is completed with the understanding of the parable as the parable of the Loving Father.As to the second approach, there are explored family relations and dynamics; there are discussed fight/flight, and attachment/separation issues, whereas finally there are investigated aspects regarding the Elder Brother as an Ego image in the parable, and the Prodigal Son as a psychological narrative about the restoration of the Self unto Christ.
12. Philotheos: Volume > 10
Kendy M. Hess A House upon the Sand: Ethics and the Socially Constituted Individual in Recent Interpretations of Marx
13. Philotheos: Volume > 10
Zoran Lučić Indivisible lines, Pythagoras’ theorem and Fibonacci sequence
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According to Alexander of Aphrodisia Plato conducted investigation regarding existence of indivisible lines. Reading carefully passage of the Plato’s Republic, though it becomes clear that the presumption of the existence of indivisible lines would lead to the conclusion that the basic theorem of geometry — Pythagoras’ theorem — is not valid anymore. Moreover, “rational diameter of five” mentioned in Plato’s passage could be seven, as suggested by Theon, but also — eight. This gives a clue that Fibonacci numbers were possibly known to Greeks.
14. Philotheos: Volume > 11
George Varvatsoulias Frank Lake and his Work in the Light of Psychology of Religion
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Frank Lake is considered as one of the founders of Pastoral Counselling in Britain. He was a psychiatrist with great interest in theology. His main writings Clinical Theology and Tight Corners in Pastoral Counselling refer to the understanding of modern psychological aspects in regard to the Christian Theology and vice versa. My paper is divided into two parts. The first part discusses Lake’s work as well as the criticisms it had from both theologians and psychologists. In particular, the first part looks to present Lake’s writings according to his ideas about human psychopathology, such as depression, dissociative reactions and anxiety disorders, and how could they be associated with an interdisciplinary approach to theological, and indeed patristic interpretations. In conjunction with the presentation and discussion of Lake’s aspects on human psychopathology are also discussed his main aspects on the relation between psychological therapy and pastoral counselling. In the same part, is also explored an integration between psychology and theology, by applying Lake’s writings in the modern scientific enterprise of psychology of religion. Finally, the first part concludes by referring to the strengths and weaknesses of Lake’s ideas according to the criticisms addressed from others. The whole paper’s perspective is to discuss Lake’s ideas on psychology and theology in the light of psychology of religion, something that is accomplished in the second part of my article. In that part, psychology and theology are presented not only for their importance for psychology of religion, but also in view to form a paradigm that could be mutually entertain both disciplines in a convergent framework. That paradigm would deal with aspects, such as ontology, spirituality, and the notion of the transcendence in terms of discussing all three as components of the psycho-spiritual interpretation of the human condition. To this new paradigm for the psychology of religion, psychology and theology would be researched not as diverging from one another, but as overlapping via their distinctive and interlinking elements regarding the investigation of the human entity.
15. Philotheos: Volume > 11
Maksim Vasiljević A Prolegomenon to a Study on Gender and Otherness: With Particular Reference to the Theology of John Zizioulas
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Vittorio Hösle To what Extent is the Concept of Spirit (Geist) in German Idealism a Legitimate heir to the Concept of Spirit (pneuma) in the New Testament?
17. Philotheos: Volume > 11
Romilo Knežević On Freedom, Creativity and Hypostatic Prayer
18. Philotheos: Volume > 11
Predrag Čičovački A World Government – Is It Possible? Is It Needed?
19. Philotheos: Volume > 11
Bogoljub Šijaković “Open Society”, Closed Interpretation of History, Responsibility
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Christos Terezis Interpretation and Its Patristic Application Study Case: Basil’s of Caesareia To Young Men, on How They Might Derive Profit from Pagan Literature
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It is true that the issue of interpretation constitutes one of the central cores from which the religious teaching procedure gains its reliability not only in reference to its starting points and preconditions, but also to its methodological procedure and the purposes it wishes to fulfil. This study aims to critically examine and address basic fundamental key-aspects on the relationship between the interpretation of religious texts and religious education from the eastern orthodox Christian point of view: 1) First aspect: Interpretation and religious instruction. 2) Second aspect: The elements of emotional and physical involvement in the process of the interpretation of religious texts. 3) Third Aspect: The main stages of interpretation. 4) Fourth Aspect:. The elements of religious instruction. 5) Fifth Aspect: The allegorical interpretative approach in the process of religious instruction.