Migor Since this synergy or union is without fusion it is based on free will and not the irresistibly of the divine i. If so, then we fall into dualism, which Romanides would repudiate. Gregory Palamasthe teaching that God is transcendent incomprehensible in ousiaessence or beinghas led in the West to the mis understanding that God cannot be experienced in this life. Books by John S. But our descent into mortality made us slaves to death.

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Romanides main point seems to be to show how the West is woefully wrong concerning sin and death sinfully wrong, perhaps and how the East contains only the right vision.

The East, instead, sources evil and death in Satan, This book is a primarily unhelpful polemic from start to finish. The East, instead, sources evil and death in Satan, rather than in God as he understands the West to do , and God is primarily free in his essence while attributes such as love are uncreated energies. There are too many problems with this characterisation to go into here, but the one major problem I want to point out is this: Romanides desperately wants to make it clear that God did not create death as a punishment, that instead death is the dominion of the devil who is at war with God.

The problem? Did not God create the devil? Is the devil capable of creating from nothing like God? Is this how God is not responsible for death? If so, then we fall into dualism, which Romanides would repudiate. Chief among these would be how Athanasius writes about evil, what the Cappadocians write about the soul, and how Maximus understands the human desire for the supernatural.

Read at your own risk. Ted rated it liked it Romanides spends a fair amount of the book describing and explaining "Western" notions of original sin and then showing their inadequacies and failures as the foil to an Eastern idea of ancestral sin. In contrast to what he describes as Augustinian, scholastic and Protestant ideas, ancestral sin has some intellectual appeal.

Nevertheless, the Eastern ideas of understanding humanity, sin, death and the Fall, have a stronger appeal to me. On the one hand it is a remarkably insightful look at how sin and death came into the world, and how that influences our thinking about Christ, salvation, and the spiritual life. On the other hand, the book is so steeped in criticism of an over-simplified, straw-manned, and at times unrecognizable "Western Church" that it is hard to know what the author means to say.

On the whole, the criticisms are hit and miss,while the positive theology is I have a strong ambivalence about this book. On the whole, the criticisms are hit and miss,while the positive theology is remarkable.

This is not, however -- like much of Western Christian dogma -- what the first Christians believed.


Vladimir Moss – Orthodox Christianity Author

Miktilar God multiplies and divides himself in His uncreated energies undividedly among divided things, so that He is both present by act and absent by nature to each individual creature and everywhere present and absent at the same time. He was appointed professor at Holy CrossBrookline, Massachusetts, where he taught between and while continuing his studies and research at the Harvard Divinity School romxnides then at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Views Read Edit View history. You are commenting using your WordPress. God loves all men equally and indiscriminately, regardless of even their moral statues. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.



He will do anything to avoid admitting that he is sinful in more than a superficial sense. Sin must be excused, or denied, or redefined as something different from sin. And if sin is not sin as traditionally understood, then it follows that the traditional methods of expiating sin are invalid or based on a misunderstanding. This being the case, it is not surprising that attempts to reinterpret the idea of sin and its expiation have crept into the Orthodox Church and Orthodox theology. The main exponent of the renovationist attitude towards sin has been the Greek-American new calendarist, Fr.

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