Understanding and Acquiring the Orthodox Christian Mind
by Dr. Eugenia Scarvelis Constantinou
Published in 2020 by Ancient Faith Publishing
A careful examination of the New Testament suggests that much about being an Orthodox Christian has to do with adopting a particular mindset. For example, in the Epistle to the Philippians (2:5-11) St. Paul expounds on having “that mind in us which was in Christ Jesus.” Again, in the Epistle to the Romans, (Romans 12:2) the Apostle teaches: “And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.”
The call to Orthodox Christian discipleship then, is a summons to adapt, what is known in Greek, as an Orthodox phronema – a way of thinking, an attitude, a mindset that serves to shape and nurture our life of faith. Yet are we ever taught about this mindset? How to achieve it? How to sustain it? What can it mean for our inner quest to come closer to the heart of the Living God? (theosis). For this reason, our next Book Study will plumb the depths of the Orthodox mindset, or way of thinking.