Yanarras: “Repentance has nothing to do with self-regarding sorrow for legal transgressions.”

Christos Yannaras (1935 –       ) was Professor of Philosophy at Pantion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens. His books include Freedom of Morality and Person and Eros.

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“To share out your soul freely, that is what metanoia (a change of mind, or repentance) really refers to: a mental product of love.  A change of mind, or love for the undemonstrable.  And you throw off every conceptual cloak of self-defense, you give up the fleshly resistance of your ego. Repentance has nothing to do with self-regarding sorrow for legal transgressions. It is an ecstatic erotic self-emptying.  A change of mind about the mode of thinking and being.”

Christos Yanarras, from “Variations on the Song of Songs”    

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