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Christos Yannaras: “Once the Church denies her ontological identity”

4 February 2018

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“Once the Church denies her ontological identity– what she really, essentially is as an existential event whereby individual survival is changed into a personal life of love and communion– then from that very moment she is reduced to a conventional form under which individuals are grouped together into an institution; she becomes an expression of man’s fall, albeit a religious one. She begins to serve the “religious needs” of the people, the individualistic emotional and psychological needs of fallen man.”

Christos Yannaras     Christos Yannaras

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. deinvestiture permalink
    4 February 2018 3:38 am

    It’s an insightful point, but is this person arguing for the Church’s correspondence with its conclusion as an appropriate one, or as an inversion of Her true purpose?

  2. 7 February 2018 3:33 pm

    Yannaras is a Greek Orthodox Theologian who teaches at a university in Athens. He is saying that the Church’s nature is that she “essentially is as an existential event whereby individual survival is changed into a personal life of love and communion” and that when she forgets that she becomes merely another expression of man’s fall.

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