Having a true love for Christ doesn't make one immune from mistakes in judgement or other errors.
Very true. Fr. Seraphim loved God, but made mistakes. That about sums up my position. The difference, I guess, is in how many mistakes you see in his work.
The text in question shows that Fr. Seraphim places a strong emphasis on creating a loving heart as the important factor in Orthodoxy.
That'd be a good thing. Unfortunately, I don't think that Orthodoxy (and Christianity in general) cultivates so much as magnifies. And I think that some of the recent studies on why (chemically) we do what we do would back that up. I am not endorsing determinism, but there does seem to be a part that genetics and body chemistry plays in religious experience which is totally out of our control. Put straightly, sometimes the monk who spends hours in prayer is not so holy as people think, but just enjoys and is inclined to such activity. People have known this for a very long time, and applied it to other activities (e.g., employment), but it's only been recently--so far as I know--that people have started to explore the fact that our religious life (or lack of it) has some basis in psychological and physiological factors out of our control. This is not to say that whether we are Christian, or Buddhist, or atheist is predetermined; certainly we make the choices in the end. However, we should not pretend like it is all 100%,unfettered free will. It is not.
It is also worth noting that many of his publications were edited or published after his death, having been drawn from materials that Fr. Seraphim himself may have never meant for publication.
Well in that I can certainly sympathise! I'd have a heart attack if someone starting publishing some of the texts I have saved on my hard driveÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š
As well read and as much as you claim to be an authority on this matter
That was meant partly in jest, I certainly never claimed to be an authority on Fr. Seraphim Rose.
Earlier in the thread there seemed to be a post or two that implied that those who didn't "get" Fr. Seraphim should read the book in question. I was trying to point out that, not only had I read the book, but I'd "I've probably read more" than anyone here. If that is incorrect and someone has read 8, or 9, or 10 books, then... um, well, then nothing. It was half a joke and half an answer to a comment, and I even included the word "probably" in there. *shrugs* I guess my basic point was that someone couldn't just say that I hadn't read enough of him, or about him, to understand him. I've not only read, but I even wrote an essay
trying to clarify some things in his writings. I have no want to misrepresent him. However, that means I also won't cover up his mistakes under terms like "love" either.
here are several other people on this forum that have read as much, if not more, than you and have come to a very different conclusion.
That's great. I'm glad they enjoyed the book.
How many monasteries that have spun off from Platina have you visited?ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š How many monastics from these establishements have you had correspondences with?ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š How many priests who personally knew Fr. Seraphim do you know?
Probably the average amount. That is to say, almost all people on a forum like this will talk about saints, with very little personal connection to said saints. If personal relationships is the base criterion for discussion of saints here at this forum, I would expect that there aren't many, if any, discussions on such matters. But such an expectation would be wrong... because such a criterion is faulty