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  • Mark Sedrak
    Orthodox spirituality has as its goal the deification of man and his union with God, without being merged with Him. It has as a basic conviction the existence
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      Orthodox spirituality has as its goal the deification of man and his union with
      God, without being merged with Him. It has as a basic conviction the existence
      of a personal God, who is the supreme source of radiating love. He prizes man
      and doesn't want to confuse him with Himself, but maintains and raises him to an
      eternal dialogue of love. Such a spirituality has no place where an evolutionary
      progress of man, connected to a divinity conceived as an impersonal essence, is
      affirmed. This progress can have no result other than man's disappearance in the
      impersonal divinity. But the personal God, and thus the supreme source of love,
      can't be conceived of as a single person, but as a community of persons in a
      perfect unity. You see then why the Christian teaching of a Trinity of Persons
      in a unity of essence is the only one which can constitute the basis of a
      perfect spirituality for man, understood as a full communion with God in love,
      without his being lost in it.


      Dumitru St─âniloae, Orthodox Spirituality
      http://orthodoxbookstore.ecrater.com/p/17673843/orthodox-spirituality-a-practical-guide-for-the?keywords=Orthodox+Spirituality
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