12RE: [LutheransLookingEast] What is meant by justification?
- Feb 27, 2007Hi Andrew,
Three more thoughts that may prove helpful:
1. The word "justification" as it appears in the Old and New Testaments
is a much fuller term than the more narrow definition later hammered out in
the midst of various controversies in the medieval and post-medieval
schismatic West. It is this fuller use that is often applied by patristic
theology, and hence by Orthodoxy (especially in its Eastern articulation).
2. The word "justification" is not eschewed by Orthodox theologians.
See the commentaries by these Orthodox theologians, e.g., St John
Chrysostom, St Ambrose, and St Augustine.
3. Although the word does not appear to be as precisely defined, the
right doctrine that the schismatic Western theologians (whether Protestant
or Catholic) attempted to articulate by means of this word is not denied but
embraced in Orthodoxy, but often using different words.
I hope this helps.
Fr John W Fenton
[mailto:LutheransLookingEast@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Andrew
Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2007 3:45 PM
Subject: [LutheransLookingEast] What is meant by justification?
I've been trying to find, to no avail, a succinct Orthodox work on what is
by justification. I was referred by someone to Constantine Scouteris'
Justification: An Orthodox Approach to the Issue of Justification and
published in the Greek Orthodox Theological Review, but I didn't find it
helpful. Scouteris never defines justification, he just asserts that it
cannot be separated
from Christology and Ecclesiology. I also remember reading in John
Ancestral Sin a few short pages devoted to the subject, in which he argued
should be understood as being made alive, vivified, or something to that
Would any of you either be willing to a) flesh this out for me as best as
possible or b)
direct me to some book and/or article that could?
From my limited understanding, it seems to me that justification (whatever
just isn't that big of a deal to the Orthodox. I find this somewhat
because it seems to be a _very_ big deal for St. Paul. If my limited
misguided or flat out wrong, I'd appreciate being told that, and shown why
Many thanks to Christopher Orr for making available this helpful resource.
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