Isaac the Syrian

Isaac the Syrian
Birth 613
Death 700

Ascetic and mystic, who spent many years exhausting himself with starvation and cold. He wrote about the need to perfect oneself in Christ, about righteousness and sin, and about how God can be understood through faith, prayer and submission, but he didn’t come up with anything particularly original. He did, however, add to the basic teachings of early Christianity: Evagrius Ponticus (with his theory of the seven deadly sins and how to take the sense out of them), Macarius the Great (on the many glorious manifestations of the Holy Spirit) and Origen (convinced about universal salvation).

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