I understand your concern that using terms which mean one thing for the Orthodox and mean something else for Western Christians can be difficult, but this can happen with words that are historically Orthodox as well (such as the word ‘salvation’; if an Orthodox priest and a Baptist minister would talk to each other and both use the word ‘salvation’ they would mean two very different things). #5. Discourse on the Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ of Saint Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The Church as the restoration of Paradise: What I meant by this phrase is exactly this: paradise was the place where theosis could take place; where man was in communion with God and could be transformed by Grace. Lossky quotes St. John as saying, “God contemplated all things before their existence, formulating them in his mind; and each being received it’s existence at a particular moment, according to his eternal thought and will, which is a predestination, an image, and a model.” (pg. A cloud overshadowed Jesus during His Transfiguration. The Feast of Tabernacles was associated in Jewish thinking with the return of the Messiah as well as with the journey in the wilderness after the Exodus. Anyway, just throwing my theologoumena out there. Through baptism men are freed from ancestral sin, liberated from the enslavement to sin, regenerated according to the Image they were created in, and made members of the body of Christ. This act of creation by God is carried out in complete freedom; God could have chosen not to create without any detraction from Himself. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. It is important to note both the unity of the work of the Divine Persons in all things along with the unique roles of the Three Persons in their unified operations. When the context is negative, as in the “human traditions” of Colossians 2:8 or the traditions of the Pharisees in Matthew 15:1-6, “tradition” is used. http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf205/Page_430.html )–then according to what you wrote souls have pre-existent patterns, which gets uncomfortably close to Origenism. Lossky goes on to state how Christ ’embraced’ the entirety of the unnatural condition of fallen man, thus in the position of Lossky it maintains both the pre-fallen nature of His humanity as well the total experience of our fallen condition). For how could God, Who was before the ages, have been born of a woman unless He had become man? 18:15). He reunited the cosmos in Himself, cleansed it from sin, freed in from death, and in His ascension set it into the Kingdom of Heaven at the right hand of the Father. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. → http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf209/Page_55b.html, I quote fathers, you quote fathers, Florovsky quotes fathers…the difference here, with “The Fount of Knowledge” and specifically for Orthodox “The Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith”, is that St. John of Damascus isn’t giving his own theologoumenon–he is giving us the Orthodox Christian dogmata. I stand by my statement that “sanctification is nothing more than the ontological fulfillment of creation” because sanctification is theosis; which creation was made for to begin with. He also becomes, “deaf, blind, naked, insensitive to the good things from which he had fallen away,” as is said by St. Symeon the New Theologian. The task of paradisal man was to offer his will freely in co-operation with the will of God and to be transformed by the Grace of the Holy Spirit into the likeness of God, or as St. Irenaeus of Lyons puts it. I know this doesn’t really clarify the state of man after the fall, for that I’ll point you towards the controversial theologian Bishop Kallistos Ware’s “The Orthodox Way” (revised edition) chapter 3. All of this is accomplished by the Spirit, Who comes down upon the waters, making the waters truly life giving, and by our acceptance of this gift through participating in the baptismal rite.

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