Voices from Russia

Friday, 10 July 2015

10 July 2015. A Thought from Monk Simeon of Mt Athos

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I used “pettifoggers” for постники (literally, “fasters”) in the original. My translator’s instincts told me that Monk Simeon condemned an attitude, not an action, so, “pettifogger” was the correct choice, as he excoriated (and rightly so) an unscrupulous, juridical, and unethical approach to fasting (and to religion in general, one could take this as a jab at pietistic “religious hobbyists”). Of course, he wasn’t condemning fasting per se.


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