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The Fathers and Theosis
28-04-2009, 02:47 PM
Post: #41
 
Rick,

Carl Mosser, Norman Russel and John McGuckin have all spoken the difference in several of their books. But do we really need modern authors to write about something that we can read directly from the fathers ourselves? Mind you, we have been slightly betrayed by the English translators, so keep in mind that St Athanasius did not use the term theosis and Gregory Nazianzen did not use theopoiesis.

Also, keep in mind what it meant in that period to use different and like terminology: using specific terminology as used by some one else was a way of agreeing with some one's theology, by using different terminology, one was indirectly stating that they were indeed teaching a different theology. Take into consideration homoousion and homoiousion, theotokos and christotokos, from two natures and in two natures.

Now there was certainly not the same kind controversy over theopoiesis and theosis but the fathers were careful to not share the same terminology - this testifies to these great fathers and their desire to maintain unity and appreciating that this was not something to divide the church over especially as they were still stirring in the wake of the Arian controversy.

I appreciate your open-mindedness on this topic, Rick, and just because there aren't a lot of authors discussing the difference, it does not mean that it is trivial or for the purpose of stirring controversy: we as OO's don't live our spiritual lives as a comparison to EO's, we live our spiritual lives despite what the EO's are doing, we have always been content with what the fathers have taught us, but in recent years (mostly in the last 10 -15 and not before 25 years ago) there has been talk of theosis in the Coptic church, and this is simply not a part of our tradition - it is an innovation in Coptic tradition.

And the difference is also observed in practice in our monastic traditions the EO tradition is contemplative and meditative while OO tradition is prayer while working or weaving baskets or making things, which then all ties into what Father Peter said.

The fact that only a few people are now speaking out, is because of the observance of shift in our tradition, unlike those who jumped on the bandwagon of theosis those of us working to expound the difference are much more cautious because we certainly do not want to cause division our damage anyone's faith.

Like I said before, I learned from St Athanasius, Cyril and Severus what our tradition was and then later, I learned about theosis and said to myself this is not our tradition, then I learned even more, that many Copts were teaching this as our tradition. As I have observed in some people's understanding in the Coptic church, their opinion is greatly affected by those sources from which they received their theological understanding, which I find many who learn independently, have received from EO sources. This is a sad reality, EO resources are more plentiful and more readily available to Copts (and especially the younger English speaking generation) than OO resources.
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The Fathers and Theosis - John Charmley - 19-08-2008, 09:41 AM
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