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Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

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The Controversy Concerning Western Influence: reorg
In his introduction to the 2012 edition of ''Chrestoethia of Christians'', publisted under the tile ''Christian Morality'', the commentator remarks on how that handbook on moral behavior reflects Orthodox ascetic tradition and Athonite "monastic propriety of his age," responding at times to "conventions upheld by the civil authorities" for a populace under a [[Muslim]] colonial regime, rather than Catholic or Pietist influence.
Defenders of Nicodemus' use of Western sources have argued that he didn't have access to them (Metallinos), that his use is a feature of the cosmopolitan context of Christian sources in the early modern period, or that his use of them has been misunderstood due to a lack of proper context for his work among scholars (Maidones). They see Nicodemus' use of the Western sources as an Orthodox alternative, from Mount Athos, to a variety of eighteenth-century cultural movements in Europe, including not only the Enlightenment, but also the aftermath of the Counter-Reformation, Pietism, and the beginning of Romanticism.

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