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C. S. Lewis and the Fall: Must Death Always be Evil?

“For God is life, and the privation of life is death,” writes St Basil the Great. “Therefore Adam prepared death for himself through his withdrawal from God, in accord with what is written, ‘Behold, those who remove themselves from you … Continue reading

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The Christ, the Fall, and Echoes of Eden

It begins with the Fall and the introduc­tion of death and corrup­tion into the good world God has made. The ancient story is inscribed upon our hearts. Tempted by Satan, Adam and Eve partake of the forbidden fruit, plunge into … Continue reading

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Thomas F. Torrance and the Fallen God

“Perhaps the most fundamental truth which we have to learn in the Christian Church,” declares the great Scottish theologian Thomas F. Torrance, “or rather, relearn since we have suppressed it, is that the Incarnation was the coming of God to … Continue reading

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John Meyendorff and God’s Assumption of Fallen Humanity

In his various essays and books, Fr John Meyendorff frequently speaks of God’s assumption of fallen humanity in Jesus Christ. As we asked in our previous post on Met Kallistos Ware, so we ask now of Meyendorff: What does the … Continue reading

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Kallistos Ware and the Fall of the Incarnate Christ

“The unassumed is the unhealed, but what is united with God is also being saved” (Ep. 101.5). With this one sentence St Gregory the Theologian overthrew the fourth-century heresy taught by Apollinarius. We may speculate all we want on the … Continue reading

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Mary Prokathartheisa

In his monograph Immaculate Conception, Fr Christiaan Kappes advances a controversial thesis: invoking prokathartheisa (prepurified) as a title for the Theotokos, “the Greek Fathers—in the line of the Nazianzen until the introduction of Byzantine Thomism in the 14th century—never vacillated about … Continue reading

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The Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God in Both East and West

by Alex Roman, Ph.D. The dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, proclaimed by Rome as an article of the Catholic faith in the 19th century, has long been an additional point of disagreement between East and … Continue reading

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