Monday, May 23, 2016

Doctrinal and Mystical Tradition

Tradition is a word and a reality which is as important as Holy Scripture for every Orthodox Christian. We cannot have one and not the other. Part of the Holy Tradition are the Dogmas and the decisions taken at the Holy Councils, Ecumenical and Local, whilst the mystical Tradition of the Church points out the fact that practising our faith adds to the theory outlined and explained in dogma and is as important. Vladimir Lossky explains further,

‘Doctrinal tradition-beacons set up by the Church along the channel of the knowledge of God-cannot be separated from or opposed to mystical tradition: acquired experience of the mysteries of the faith. Dogma cannot be understood apart from experience; the fullness of experience cannot be had apart from true doctrine.’[1]

[1] Lossky, Vladimir, The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church, 1991, p.236.

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