Sunday, June 29, 2014

Unity or Union?

The Orthodox Church does not follow the Anglican belief, i.e. the branch theory. Its ecclesiology states that Orthodoxy is the ‘One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church’, as expressed within the Creed. Following, Metropolitan of Nafpaktos, Hierotheos, (in his book The Mind of the Orthodox Church), explains his belief in regards to the terms ‘unity and union’, which are vastly used today within the Ecumenical Movement.

“It is true that today there are people who speak of the union of the Churches. But this term is worthless theologically. We cannot speak of union, but of unity of faith. We cannot speak of Churches which are separated and struggling to reach the truth and union, but about the Church which is always united with Christ and has never lost the truth, and about people who have broken away from it”. (p. 55)

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