Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Truth of Being

How can we distinguish between what we are, who we are and what characteristic and virtues we have? Are they different? Or do they explain the same thing, i.e. our ontology as people and persons? Can this be said about God too? Christos Yannaras explains, in regards to God:

‘The identification of being with the freedom of love – of that love which forms being hypostases – reveals that the truth of the ethos or morality is equivalent to the truth of being. When we speak of the unity and communion of the three divine persons, we are referring to God’s mode of being, which is the ethos of divine life. And the ethos of God is identical with His being. When the Christian revelation declares that “God is love” (1 Jn 4:16), it is not referring to one among many properties of God’s “behaviour,” but to what God is as the fullness of trinitarian and personal communion.’[1]

[1] Yannaras, Christos, The Freedom of Morality, (New York, SVSP, 1996), p.18. 

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