New work by Institute instructor: ‘Marriage and Virginity According to St. John Chrysostom’ (Trenham)
The Institute is pleased to announce the publication of a significant work by one of its Board members and instructors, the V. Revd Archpriest Dr Josiah Trenham. Marriage and Virginity According to St. John Chrysostom (St. Herman’s Press, 2013; ISBN 978-1-887904-30-8) represents a major contribution to the Orthodox study of one of the greatest figures of the patristic heritage, on a subject that is timely and relevant to Christians of the modern age.
This book is a treasure trove of the distilled counsels of St. John Chrysostom — distilled from his thorough knowledge of and love for the Holy Scriptures and his profound respect for and obedience to the mind of the Church — concerning matters of great interest and importance for people of all ages and circumstances: virginity, chastity, celibacy, marriage, contraception, parenting, family life, sexual practices, divorce, remarriage, and widowhood. You will find that this great fourth-century preacher and pastor of the Church still has an urgent (and salvific!) message to proclaim to people of the twenty-first century and beyond — the soul-profiting message of the beauty of consecrated virginity and the blessedness of marriage. I trust that after receiving his inspired counsel you will marvel at the beauty of the Scripture-based teachings so as to be lifted to the clouds in appreciation of and admiration for the God Who fashioned and sanctifies both states for His glory. May it be so!
—From the Foreword by His Grace Basil
Bishop of Wichita and Mid-America
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese
Saint John Chrysostom still speaks, today even louder than in the fourth century. Not all will wish to hear him, as not all wished to hear him then. […] But those who have humility will find in him an able instructor, and will find a place of confidence in these confusing times. He radiates amidst the Holy Fathers of the Church as the great defender and sanctifier of the Christian home and city. Adherence to his teaching has produced innumerable saints in the Church, spiritually born both in the monastery and in the Christian home, and is capable of producing the same today.
—From the Afterword by Fr. Josiah Trenham
We wish to congratulate Fr Josiah with the publication of this volume, as well as all those who shall benefit from his work, through a deepening love of the teaching of the Fathers of the Church.
Marriage and Virginity According to St. John Chrysostom is 304 pages in its first paperback edition. It can be purchased from various bookshops and on-line retailers, or direct from the publisher for $19.00 at this link.