The life of Saint Basil the New. The aerial toll-houses and the sight of the Fearful Judgment
The life of St. Basil the New is of special importance for Byzantine studies and the history of Christian theology and spirituality. As a hagiographic text, it illustrates the form of spirituality called "the madness of Christ," an asceticism that proposes the renunciation of honorability, with advanced spirituality showing only a select few disciples. In Byzantine spirituality, Life contains the most detailed description of the particular judgment in the form of the demonic toll-houses in the air , but also of the Last Judgment . this world, Lifeintroduces the theme of the visibility of the world beyond our world, in response to the reproach of the rich merciless of hell to the patriarch Abraham: "No, father Abraham, but if any of the dead go to them, they will repent" (Luke 16:30 ).
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