A Realism of Glory

Lectures on Christology in the Works of Protopresbyter John Romanides


by James L. Kelley


Paperback (December 2009)

ISBN: 978-1-933275-37-6

Price: $11.95 + S&H (USD)


Orthodox hagiography has a single purpose: to point toward the specific therapeutic Way that leads to the realism of God's uncreated glory. The lives of the saints, which culminate in the experience of the divine light, are open to anyone who would take up his cross and follow Christ, though this illumination is not individualistic, but rather is ecclesial, since each member is deified through incorporation into a very real body of Christ. As Fr. John Romanides avers, “the key is … glorification” because correct Christology cannot be conceived apart from 1) knowledge and application of the correct ascetical method of reaching perfection in Christ through spiritual fatherhood and the Sacraments, and 2) the presupposition that the inhominization of Christ as the eternal Image of the Father is the only possible solution to the problem of fallen man's bondage to corruption and death, since man was made to become the glorified image of the Image.



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James L. Kelley was born in Allen, Oklahoma. He received a BA in History and English from East Central University (1998), where he has since taught courses in English. At this time, he is pursuing higher degrees at the University of Oklahoma. He previously published The Life in Christ (2008), a translation of a sermon by Fr. John Romanides. A parishioner at St. Benedict Orthodox Church (ROCOR) in Oklahoma City, Mr. Kelley lives in nearby Norman with his wife Mary and his daughter Zoe. Presently, he is preparing for publication a collection of essays that explore various aspects of Western esotericism in the mediaeval and early modern periods.