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We are a group of people who admire the vision and thought of Paulos Mar Gregorios Metropolitan. He was a great Christian philosopher, very active in the ecumenical and inter-religious movements. He challenged humankind to think in terms of one global state in which all religions flow together. What follows is from an introduction to the thought of Mar Gregorios written by Rev. Dr. K.M. George.
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For Guru Gregorios the locus of the vision is the Kingdom of God. Presence of God is the presence of the good. Where the good is there is the kingdom of God. Listen to the rhapsody of his philokalia, love of the good/beautiful:

“I bow before the good wherever it shows - in people of different faiths and religions, in people who claim to believe in no God, in birds and animals, in trees and flowers, in mountains and rivers, in air and sky, in sun and moon, in sculpture and paintings, in music and art, in the smile of the infant and in the wisdom of the sage, in the blush of dawn and in the gorgeous sunset.”

The basis of Gregorian theological reflection is the Christian affirmation of the union of God and Humanity in Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God. Christ is the prototype of the mediator human being (anthropos methorios). The notion of humanity as mediator, known to Greek philosophers, comes in its Christian version from his venerable teacher Gregory of Nyssa, the 4th century philosopher and theologian of profound insights.

Freedom is the pivotal category in Gregorian theology. “Freedom is also a central value for any new civilization.” The restlessness that one noticed in the person and work of Bishop Gregorios arose from his constant search for true freedom. He was never enslaved by any particular thought form or paradigm of reality. But with sensitivity and respect he was ever on the look-out for newly emerging theories of reality and projections of the future of our world.

http://www.paulosmargregorios.info

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  • 344
  • Interfaith
  • Jan 23, 2001
  • English

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