Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Basis of Christian Theology

What is the basis of Christian Theology? The correct and easy answer would be God, meaning the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Trinity is the ultimate object of Theology. Many have given glimpses of the Truth of God, based of course on what has been revealed to us by God. Reading Vladimir Lossky’s book The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church, the author gives a small explanation on the basis of Christian Theology, claiming:

‘The revelation of God the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit is the basis of all Christian theology; it is, indeed, theology itself, in the sense in which that word was understood by the Greek Fathers, for whom theology most commonly stood for the mystery of the Trinity revealed to the Church. Moreover, it is not only the foundation, but also the supreme object of theology; for, according to the teaching of Evagrius Ponticus (developed by St Maximus), to know the mystery of the Trinity in its fullness is to enter into perfect union with God and to attain to the deification of the human creature: in other words, to enter into the divine life, the very life of the Holy Trinity, and to become, in St Peter’s words, ‘partakers of the divine nature.’ Trinitarian theology is thus a theology of union, a mystical theology which appeals to experience and which presupposes a continuous and progressive series of changes in created nature, a more and more intimate communion of the human person with the Holy Trinity.’ (p.67).     

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