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"The Soul After Death" by Fr. Seraphim Rose

Discussion in 'The Ancient Way - Eastern Orthodox' started by ~Anastasia~, Feb 27, 2019.

  1. Dorothea

    Dorothea One of God's handmaidens

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    Toll houses were never discussed in my church's jurisdiction - GOC. So I've been indifferent to it or haven't really had an opinion on it. But from what I've heard in the few first chapters of The Soul After Death read to me by my son, I see many of our early Church Fathers spoke about this in a concrete manner, meaning they believed it. So I have been more receptive to it and accept it probably does exist.
     
  2. Dorothea

    Dorothea One of God's handmaidens

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    That portion really hit my son, his friend, and I. We'd not even thought about that, for some reason, even though it makes sense.
     
  3. Dorothea

    Dorothea One of God's handmaidens

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    The way I understand it is that the demons will try and tempt you (your guardian angel is with you, though. You're not alone) with the sins that you perhaps didn't struggle against or had a hard time with while on Earth. And you have to recognize those sins and not be tempted at that moment and move on toward the taste of God's Kingdom or torment.
     
  4. archer75

    archer75 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Maybe run the theological stuff by your priest, but personally, I thought Fr. Seraphim was a very good writer, for what that's worth.
     
  5. ArmyMatt

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    plus the saints and Christ
     
  6. ArmyMatt

    ArmyMatt Regular Member Supporter

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    it does.
     
  7. truefiction1

    truefiction1 Fool

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    I thought this was a really great book by Fr. Seraphim. The first time I'd read anything by Fr. Seraphim (I believe it was "Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future", I was quickly turned off and stopped reading, because it struck me as too narrow minded and harsh. Shortly thereafter I had related my experience of his work to my spiritual father, Archimandrite Alexander (Cutler), of Blessed Memory, and in the presence of other brothers in the monastery. They had told me that I should not be discouraged by Fr. Seraphim's strong polemical tone, and that he was truly about the most kind and compassionate man they've ever known. They spoke of him as if he were still alive, and so, interestingly, I wasn't even aware that he had already passed a few years earlier. I've since come to appreciate Fr. Seraphim's publications. I'd like to read more of his books. I have a hard time getting much reading done these days. Frankly, that's a bummer.
     
  8. ArmyMatt

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    I remember when I was first Orthodox being warned not to read some of his stuff, not because of errors, but because he deals with very heavy and sobering stuff.
     
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  9. truefiction1

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    Some people get bothered by heavy stuff, as though not being adequately prepared for it (Hebrews 5:12-14).
     
  10. ArmyMatt

    ArmyMatt Regular Member Supporter

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    good point
     
  11. ~Anastasia~

    ~Anastasia~ † Handmaid of God †

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    Hello, and welcome to CF and to TAW. :)

    It’s been a while since I last read it, so I’m not sure. I do know that I contemplated many passages of Scripture as I was reading it. But I can’t remember if that was because he explicitly brought them up and explained them in that context.

    I did find it very enlightening. But I didn’t read it right away after becoming Orthodox and had been strongly cautioned to seek guidance if I did. I think that was mostly about not being too literal about some spiritual understanding there.

     
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