Transfiguring Time, Transfigurer Le Temps – Notes sur le Temps à la Lumière de la Tradition Orthodoxe, his first book, was written when Clément was thirty-seven. It carries all the excitement of his fresh encounter with Orthodoxy and the Fathers of the Christian Church. In it, he draws on his deep study of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Indian myths to differentiate the conception of time and eternity in archaic religions, in Hinduism and in Buddhism, from the Christian, and specifically Orthodox, understanding of time and eternity. The print run was very small and the book disappeared from view, almost without a trace. This newly translated edition will bring Clément’s early work to a new generation of readers.
The concepts explored in the book: paradise, eternity, eon, act, freedom, liturgy, and sacrament are constantly reexamined and rewoven into a fuller understanding, in the light of the Incarnation. Clément’s text resonates with biblical imagery and with the language of Orthodox hymns and troparia. His work has lost none of its freshness and relevance. While providing an extensive analysis of the conception of time and eternity in archaic religions, Greek philosophy, and Eastern religions, Transfiguring Time stands on its own as a meditation on the meaning of time and eternity, rooted in both the Patristic tradition, and in the newness and shock of Clément’s encounter with Christianity.
Transfiguring Time is available from New City Press