Category Archives: Zizioulas & Yannaras

The Human Person as Icon of God

The Almighty God, Holy Scripture teaches us, created humanity in his Image; but precisely what this means is unclear. Theologians have offered various interpretations of the Imago Dei over the centuries, typically identifying a property or attribute mutually shared by … Continue reading

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The God Who is Person and Love

“In the life of the Church,” writes Christos Yannaras, “God reveals Himself as the hypostasis of being, the personal hypostasis of eternal life” (The Freedom of Morality, p. 16). He rejects any philosophical approach that begins with analysis of the … Continue reading

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Victory Over Death and the Acquisition of a Resurrection Hypostasis

Christ Jesus is the savior of the world because in his divine person (hypostasis) he has united created nature and taken it through the crucible of death into a glorified eternal existence. Met John Zizioulas elaborates: This victory is achieved … Continue reading

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Repentance and Salvation: Transcending the Pharisee Within

“For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matt 16:25)—here is the heart of Orthodox ethics, Christos Yannaras passionately avers. This may come as a surprise to many. … Continue reading

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“We circle aimlessly in the void, in the insoluble mystery of death”

We circle aimlessly in the void, in the insoluble mystery of death. Countless galaxies around us, and beyond us stars “like the sand on the shores of the sea.” Dead worlds without the smiles of flowers, the songs of birds, … Continue reading

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“The metaphysics of the body and the flesh of metaphysics is love”

The metaphysics of the body and the flesh of metaphysics is love. A breathing-in of life into the empty shell of concepts, a tactile material which clothes the language in the sinews, skin, and flesh of reality. Signifiers of that … Continue reading

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“Earth’s body, wonder of the principle of nature, and the call of that universal wonder is tangible in human flesh”

You are all fair, my companion and there is no flaw in you. Nature’s yoke-fellow, closest companion of life, is all fair. Mine and not mine, nearest and farthest immediacy. Always resistant to being pinned down to what is fixed … Continue reading

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