marc hanna Wrote:However, when I see what I believe to be erroneous understanding of the faith, I am compelled to speak.
Thanks again for your help understanding the distinction that is being drawn between theopoieis
. I think as I am able to see this a little more clearly now some of what is being said in this conversation is that:
1.) Gregory (Nazianzus) is charged with "speculative theology"
in his bringing in new terminology and a new concept viz. theosis
within Eastern Orthodoxy.
2.) There is a charge of a Hellenistic influence
(as well as some aspects of Origenism
) which has effected the shaping of the doctrine of theosis
[from Gregory forward] within Eastern Orthodoxy.
3.) The way of asceticism has been elevated
in importance and is taught as the vehicle or way which is more of an active way, within Eastern Orthodoxy, as opposed to the ancient doctrine of theopoeisis
which looks to the Spirit to bestow gifts on the Christian who receives them passively, and through Grace.
Does this sound accurate to you Marc? Please offer any correction or "tune-ups" where you think they are needed.
Thanks again very much.