Direct translations of 5th/6th century monastic texts (like in the Philokalia) read almost like modern day self-help books.

Yeah. I mean I saw aspects of it in Eastern Orthodoxy but it was uncommon, NEVER saw it in the Methodist church (or the Quaker, Unitarian Universalist and Episcopals inbetween)…

…but my main exposure to the concept of a vengeful God has been via anti-theists online over the past 27 years or so. [not necessarily atheist, as I know anti-theists who are into New Age stuff instead for example)

So, I was lucky I think.

 

Like, the whole heaven and hell thing when I was doing the Orthodoxy thing can be summed up like this:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5c/The_Ladder_of_Divine_Ascent_Monastery_of_St_Catherine_Sinai_12th_century.jpg

and in the monastic writings (which were my main focus while I was in it), all the stuff about demons and such were clearly psychological, symbolic, allegorical, metaphorical. Direct translations of 5th/6th century monastic texts (like in the Philokalia) read almost like modern day self-help books.

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