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The Acropolis vs Mount Athos

Monasticism is not a theology; it is a way of life. Abbot Eliseus told me that there are two foundational monuments in Greece: the Acropolis and Athos. “But one is dead and the other is living,” he continued. “One is an idea, the other is a living experience.”

From a remarkable travelogue by the secular philosopher Simon Critchley in the NYT.