In Peace Let Us Pray to the Lord, An Orthodox Interpretation of the Gifts of the Spirit

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 “Fr. Alexis’ marvelous book, In Peace Let us Pray to the Lord, provides a solid patristic answer to the question as to why we Orthodox do not practice “speaking in tongues,” as understood by Pentecostal Christians. An Athonite monk, Fr. Alexis draws on the thousand-plus year history of the Holy Mountain and its Saints to provide us with a genuinely Orthodox interpretation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is only within the context of the lives and teachings of these Saints, these “God-seers,” that one can come to truly understand the gifts of the Spirit. Fr. Alexis clears up long-standing misunderstandings, some due to Biblical mistranslations, and explains the real nature and significance of these phenomena. This work is a true gift to Orthodox Christians and to all those who struggle to find a meaningful relationship with God in the contemporary world.”
– Clark Carlton, Author and Professor

“[In In Peace Let us Pray to the Lord] Fr. Alexis provides us with a careful presentation of the Christian Tradition on ‘speaking in tongues’ properly understood as inner prayer. This teaching finds its expression in the experience and wisdom of the Saints, i.e., holy men and women ‘who have fought the good fight and finished the race’ (2 Timothy 4:7)… Fr. Alexis offers an important corrective to an often very confusing and misunderstood contemporary issue [and] invites the reader to drink from the fountain of Holy Tradition within the Church and to enter into a world that offers life and life abundantly (John 10:10).”
– Archimandrite Dositheos, from the Preface

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For many, the modern Pentecostal Movement can be a perplexing and mystifying world. In this masterful work, Fr. Alexis Trader provides one patristic answer to the questions that Pentecostalism raises, an answer fully grounded in Holy Scripture, and accessible through the spiritual life of stillness. Fr. Alexis deftly shows how the Church that experienced and was established at Pentecost, the Orthodox Church, can illumine our understanding of the history, experience, and teaching of Pentecostalism, while simultaneously providing a pathway to the gifts of the Spirit where seemingly confusing Biblical passages are placed in a context that brings clarity. Without a doubt, this is the best and fullest work dealing with this topic in the English language.

The book features:

  • A Preface by Abbot Dositheos of Holy Archangels Monastery
  • A Foreword by Dr. Herman A. Middleton, author of Precious Vessels of the Holy Spirit:The Lives and Counsels of Contemporary Elders of Greece
  • Extensive footnotes

The body of the book is divided into nine chapters:

  1. Interpretive Choices in Acts and 1 Corinthians on Tongues and Spiritual Gifts
  2. A Patristic Reading of St. Luke’s Account of Pentecost
  3. A Patristic Reading of St. Paul’s Discourse on Spiritual Gifts in 1 Corinthians
  4. A Matter of Experience, Discerning the Spirits: Safe Experiences Within the Church
  5. A Tale of Sound and Fury: The Enthronement of Experience in American Protestantism
  6. Dogmas of the Non-Dogmatic: Dogma, Heresy, and the Church
  7. The Ecstatic: Religious Ecstasy in the Non-Christian World
  8. A More Excellent Way: No Man Can Serve Two Masters
  9. The Gifts of Pentecost in the Lives of the Saints

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Fr. Alexis Trader is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College (BA), the University of Chicago (MA), St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary (MDiv), and the University of Thessalonica (Ph. D.), and was formerly a lecturer in Patristics at St. Tikhon’s. Since 1996, he has been a monk of Karakallou Monastery on Mount Athos, and since 2005 has served as priest of the Monastery of St. Demetrios in Nea Kerdyllia, in Greece. He has translated many books from Greek, as well as published his doctoral dissertation, Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy: A Meeting of Minds (Peter Lang, 2011).

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