This past Tuesday afternoon, I had the delightful opportunity to give a guest talk at the Met. Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at St. Michael’s College (University of Toronto). In it, I re-examined the central claim of Time and Despondency, namely the idea that despondency is somehow inextricably tied to a broken relationship to time, in particular the present moment.
While I would not take issue with this premise, really all the passions are “temporal.” They exist in time and have a certain way of unfolding and interacting therein. This is beautifully borne out in the writings of Evagrius of Ponticus, whose ascetical texts are replete with references to the timing of passions.
In this talk I talk a closer look at those writings and why it’s vital to understand the temporal context of our deepest spiritual struggles… I hope you’ll watch or listen!
If you really want to dig deep into the primary source work, refer to my slides here.
Here is the main talk:
And here’s the filmed Q&A that followed the talk: