Phronema

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Phronema is a Greek term that is used in Orthodox theology to refer to mindset or outlook; it is the Orthodox mind. The attaining of phronema is a matter of practicing the correct faith (orthodoxia) in the correct manner (orthopraxia). Attaining phronema is regarded as the first step toward theosis, the state of glorification.

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These terms are part of what is called the "therapeutic method" of Orthodoxy, or the "therapeutic tradition." Orthodox theology teaches that a faith is true if it heals spiritual sickness, and brings the faithful to "behold the uncreated Light." Phronema refers to "the completely self-sacrificial trust and faith in religious and ethical truths... from the voice of God.... an unshakeable certainty about the truth of Faith... undiminished and vibrant throughout life, a continually verified daily experience," [1] "a growing feeling for and understanding of God's and the practice of Orthodox piety—Orthodox Worship and behavior." [2] The phronema is vested in tradition "against all heresies and schisms of all times". [3] The "mind of the Fathers" is also termed phronema [4] as is the "mind of the Church."[5]

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