14Re: [LutheransLookingEast] What is meant by justification?
- Feb 27, 2007
>St Mark's work is available here:
> On 2/27/07, Charles Hogg <stoic1348@...> wrote:
> You might also check out St. Mark the Ascetic, "On those who think they
> righteous by works," in vol. 1 of the Philokalia.
Or, thanks to John Burnett, at:
A critique of the fact that early Christian writers simply didn't write
about justification in the ways that later scholastic and Protestant
theologians did is that we should really look at what St. Paul wrote.
However, that hermeneutical question is why we believe that we are more
accurate in our understanding of St. Paul than were those writing in the
same language he wrote in, in broadly the same culture, etc. I have always
found this to be the arrogance of modern man and is simply a traditionally
religious form of the Jesus Seminar.
We can't get to what Paul wrote by jumping over how he was understood in the
intervening years. Likewise, we can't get at what the Ante-Nicene Fathers
"really" believed by jumping over the understanding of the Nicene Fathers.
Christianity is a golden chain of faith from father to son, or it is a
creation of one's own "inspired by" those texts that remain to us - and that
agree with what we like of their faith or fit our personal standard of what
is either 'likely' or 'worthy'.
As the passage from 2 Thessalonians on the homepage states: Paul
'traditioned' on to the Thessalonians traditions that were both written and
spoken. It is an assumption built on top of the texts to state that the
written and oral traditions were identical.
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