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UPDATE: “The Groaning of Creation” Chapter 6: Part III

 

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We finish Chapter 6 of Christopher Southgate’s The Groaning of Creation.

We discussed the differences between pantheism and panentheistic models of God and their implications in relating with the world.

Here are our essays.

 

 

 

 

 

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Chapter 6: The Call of Humanity – Part III

LAUDATO SI – "Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment." Pope Francis

 

 

We will cover the last 2 sections of Chapter 6 in Christopher Southgate’s The Groaning of Creation.

 

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Groaning of Creation – Chapter 6: “The Call of Humanity” – Part II

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Is there a calling for all of us to be stewards of creation?  Should we just preserve nature as it is, or must we be more active in re-creating it?    

 

We will  go over the middle sections of Chapter 6 in Christopher Southgate’s The Groaning of Creation.”

 

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“Groaning of Creation” – Chapter 6: “The Call of Humanity” – Part I

 

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The Orthodox Church has differing views of theology in contrast with the Western Church.

 

Yes, it’s been a while since we last updated, but we just completed the first half of Chapter 6: “The Call of Humanity”.

 

Here are our essays.

 

 

Chapter 6: “The Call of Humanity” – Part I

Zdenek Burian: A neolithic settlement

 

 

We will start Part I of Chapter 6 of Christopher Southgate’s The Groaning of Creation.

Please answer one of the following questions:

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New Submissions for Chapter 13: “Hagia Sophia” & “Byzantine Spirituality”

Hi all,

New updates and submissions about the reign of Justinian I (aka Justinian the Great), the Byzantine Empire, Hagia Sophia, and the Orthodox theology of theosis.  You can find them here.

Tonight, there were interesting talks about what constitutes theosis and how it perhaps relates to the more Reformed understanding of sanctification.

Also, to clarify some points on terminologies that often confused us tonight:

  • Dyophysitism –  the Chalcedonian position that full deity and full humanity exist in the person of Jesus Christ as two natures without confusion or change.
  • Monophysitism – states that in the person of Jesus Christ, his human nature was absorbed into the divine nature like a cube of sugar dissolves in a cup of water. Therefore, Christ was left with only one nature, the Divine (Greek mono- one, physis – nature). (i.e. Christ had only a Divine nature.)
  • Miaphysitism –  holds that in the one person of Jesus Christ, his Divinity and Humanity are united in one “nature” (physis), the two being united without separation, without confusion, and without alteration.  This is the position of the Orthodox and Coptic Churches.

It was also interesting to see tonight how hard it is for most Christians to articulate very basic terminologies we use all the time like:

  • What is a spirit?  How is it different from the soul?  What is a soul anyway?  After death, how exactly does the soul or the spirit separate from the body?
  • How is a soul saved by God?  Saved from what ?  It’s saved from Hell?  What is hell exactly and where exactly is it located within the known universe?  If it’s outside the universe, how do know that?  (Same questions apply to the notion/concept of heaven.)
  • What is the nature of a “resurrected” or “spiritual” body?  What type of matter will it consist of?

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