Unseen Warfare was further heavily edited by Theophan the Recluse. It is the most important spiritual book I have, and I alway recommend it without hesitation.
If there is nothing about indulgencies in the text, and there is not, then it doesn't seem to me to matter if Nicodemus was influenced in some other way by Catholicism.
I purchased Unseen Warfare a couple of years ago and I felt that there was a strong undercurrent of "total depravity"
What exactly does "total depravity" mean to you?
Where did you find it in Unseen Warfare?
Hello Iconodule. I don't have time to search the text at the moment, but here is the review I gave of the book that is still posted on Amazon (9/20/2010):
"With all due respect to those reviewers that have found this work helpful, I was actually quite disappointed. I am still in the process of reading the book, but I find many of the concepts within it unorthodox. Despite the editing that was done by SS. Theophan and Nicodemus, I am very aware as I read, that this is the work of a Roman Catholic, not an Orthodox writer.
Constant references to our total depravity (very strongly implied), God being "offended," an emphasis on the Passion (kissing the wounds of Christ), and God allowing us to fall into sin to teach us a lesson; these are some of the Latin teachings that permeate this work.
"...There is nothing He (God) loves and desires to see in us more than a sincere consciousness of our nothingness...and that nothing good can ever come from ourselves, whether a good thought or a good action." (p.82)
According to Bishop Kallistos, "Orthodox do not say, as Calvin said, that man after the fall was utterly depraved and incapable of good desires...the image of God is distorted by sin, but never destroyed."
I know men and women that are even atheists (and I pray that they come to the truth), but I know from experience they are capable of some good thoughts and actions.
There are many examples of men and women in the scriptures that were found pleasing to God by their own actions, for example, the Centurion that asked the Lord to heal his servant, and the Lord stated, "I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel." )Luke 7: 1-9)
In defense of this work, even some Orthodox works, those that originate from a monastic source, often over-emphasize man's depravity. It comes with the territory.
I am no Orthodox scholar, and I am glad that this work has assisted so many in their spiritual struggle, but I have read many Orthodox works, and as I stated above, I am very aware as I read this, that much of it comes from a non-Orthodox mindset."