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Fasting in the Orthodox Church
Its Theological, Pastoral, and Social Implications

by Archimandrite Akakios

ISBN 0–911165–16–9
91 pp.

In this trenchant and erudite discussion of fasting, Father Akakios provides both the necessary historical background to this crucial dimension of Orthodox asceticism and a pastorally oriented defense of traditional fasting rules. By placing fasting in the broader context of the ecumenist agenda of “modernizing” Orthodoxy, he shows convincingly that fasting is neither an optional extra nor an inconvenience for Orthodox Christians today, but rather an essential weapon in the struggle for spiritual self-transformation.

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About the Author
The Very Reverend Akakios, Abbot of the St. Gregory Palamas Monastery, received his doctoral degree in advanced pastoral studies at the San Francisco Theological Seminary.