A Silent Patriarch

$28.00
SKU:
PB-SIPAFA
ISBN:
978-0-88141-649-7
Author:
Daniel Fanous
Published:
2019
Pages:
418
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A Silent Patriarch: Kyrillos VI (1902–1971) is the first scholarly biography of the desert hermit who became a most unlikely patriarch. Until now the details of his life have remained hidden. As patriarch, Kyrillos inherited a bleeding church, one confronted by political Islamism, an indifferent Muslim president, and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood. Silent in the face of persecution, mockery, and criticism, Kyrillos stood at the head of a nearly impossible spiritual revolution. But by the time he reposed, everything had changed.

In this lucid biography, Daniel Fanous traces Kyrillos’ life from childhood, drawing upon hundreds of letters and sources never before seen, detailing Kyrillos’ unusual method of ecclesial reform, which speaks enduringly to the uncertainties of the present age. This is the story of Kyrillos VI, a most unlikely patriarch, a silent urban recluse.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rev. Dr Daniel Fanous is dean and lecturer in Theology & Biblical Studies at St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College in Sydney, Australia. He is the author of The Person of the Christ and Taught by God: Making Sense of the Difficult Sayings of Jesus (coming soon to SVS Press).

6 Reviews

  • 5
    Timely gift

    Posted by NELLY VAN DOORN-HARDER, Wake Forest University on 20th May 2020

    ...a timely gift to church leaders across the world as they ponder the question of ecclesial revival . . . his counter-cultural leadership . . . eventually helped incite reforms within [the Coptic] Church . . . showing how personal asceticism created fertile grounds for ecclesial revival.

  • 5
    Indispensible

    Posted by MARK N. SWANSON, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago on 20th May 2020

    . . . an authoritative biography of Patriarch Kyrillos VI: a monk formed by the ascetic wisdom of the past . . . who came to occupy a position at the center of extraordinary movements of renewal and spiritual enlivenment . . . indispensable for understanding modern Coptic Orthodox church history . . . a portrait [with] significance beyond any single religious community.

  • 5
    Important Study

    Posted by POPE TAWADROS II on 20th May 2020

    Kyrillos VI . . . is a figure of great spiritual stature who was immersed in the depths of monastic life and in a life of unceasing prayer. . . . I commend Rev. Dr Daniel Fanous for this important study, which I consider a scholarly and outstanding addition to the history of our Coptic Orthodox Church.

  • 5
    Excellent book. Very very very true

    Posted by Phoebe on 26th Apr 2020

    Excellent book

  • 5
    Beautiful life

    Posted by M Robyn on 9th Apr 2020

    Thank you for giving us such wonderful works about modern people who have deeply touched our church. Fantastic writing!

  • 5
    A Silent Patriarch

    Posted by Ms. Amal Morcos on 9th Apr 2020

    Patriarch Kyrillos VI was a wonderworker and a seer. He was arguably the most important patriarch of the Coptic Church of the 20th century. This is an excellent work and Daniel Fanous delves deeply and satisfyingly into the patriarch childhood all the way through his years Patriarch. This is a must read work for anyone who cares deeply about the Coptic Church of Egypt and wants to understand how the Church has been able to not only withstand but thrive amidst all the turmoil of modern Egypt -- particularly how it was able to survive against the forces of political Islam.