Sunday, November 1, 2015

‘Christ as Saviour of all Humankind in Eastern Orthodox Theology’

The London Branch of the Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius is organising its Autumn Meeting with a talk by the Very Revd Archimandrite Maximus Lavriotes on ‘Christ as Saviour of all Humankind in Eastern Orthodox Theology.’ This event will take place on Thursday 5th November at 7.30 pm at St James’sChurch, Sussex Gardens (Paddington), W2. There will be a Eucharist at 6.30 pm, followed by light refreshments. The speaker has provided the following introduction to his Autumn talk:


‘In Early Christianity “Salvation” was perceived as entry into everlasting union with a “Saviour” rather than an instance of rescuing people from a threat or danger. What really mattered to mere mortals – not just to Christians – was the state of everlasting union with the deified human Flesh of Christ, the Saviour of the world, not some individual happiness granted only to believers as a reward for their good works or faith. Because it was all about the unity of mankind and union with each other, the unifying factor, the incarnate Saviour Himself, constituted the ultimate reality of “Salvation.”
In the 4th century AD when the eternity of the Saviour had been disputed by the Arians who suggested that “there was a time when He was not,” their opponents led by Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, had insisted: “there was no time when He was not!” This doctrine declared not just the Divinity of the Saviour but also the uncreated character of Salvation itself, a fact completely forgotten down the ages by almost all Christian denominations.’[1]




[1] “Christ as Saviour of all Humankind in Eastern Orthodox Theology,” London Newsletter, Michaelmas 2015, pp.1-2.

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