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Transfiguring Time

Understanding Time in the Light of the Orthodox Tradition
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SKU 978-1-56548-680-5
ISBN Number: 978-1-56548-680-5
Page Count: 175
Format: Paperback

Preface by Ilia Delio, OSF

Translated by Jeremy N. Ingpen

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Clément's Transfiguring Time is an early work, written when he was 37. It carries all the excitement of his fresh encounter with Orthodoxy and the Fathers of the Christian Church. He draws on his deep study of Hinduism, Buddhism and Indian myths to differentiate the understanding of time and eternity in archaic religions, in Hinduism and in Buddhism, from the Christian and specifically Orthodox understanding of time and eternity. This new translation – the first one in English - wants to bring Clément's early work to a new generation of readers.

An interview with Ilia Delio who wrote the preface of "Transfiguring Time":


“Olivier Clément is one of the really original Christian minds of the last generation, poetic, visionary, and profound. His work is still exceptionally fresh, offering an exhilarating sense of the scale and beauty of traditional Christianity for our era, and it needs to be far more widely known. This fine translation of an early work of his shows the quality of his mind and imagination and I hope it will whet the appetite of many readers to discover more.”

Dr. Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury

“This wonderful early essay by Olivier Clément is a revelation, a great discovery. In a word I would call it a “springtime,” a look at God's relationship with us that is fresh, surprising in the best sense, even shocking. Enjoy the feast of riches!”

Michael Plekon, Professor Emeritus, The City University of New York, Baruch College;
Archpriest, Orthodox Church in America

“I would highly recommend this book to all those interested in Greek patristics, nouvelle théologie, Russian Orthodoxy, and systematic or dogmatic theology written with soul and insight.”

The Englewood Review of Books

“This is a brilliant meditation on the mystery of time and eternity, produced in the mid-twentieth century by one of the last and most eloquent representatives of the “Paris School.” This unique book offers a profound Orthodox perspective that merits repeated readings.”

Archpriest John Breck, Professor Emeritus,
St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute, Paris, France

About the Author

Olivier Clément (1921-2009) was one of the foremost Orthodox theologians of the 20th century. He taught at the Institute of St. Sergius at Paris and was a member of the Ecumenical Institute founded by L’Institut Catholique. His many works, published in various languages, cover a wide range of subjects.

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Price $16.95
Language English
Publication Date Jan 22, 2019
Author Olivier Clément
Format Paperback
Page Count 175