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The Ancestral Sin

   
John S. Romanides
Translated with an Introduction by George S. Gabriel

“At the outset, it is necessary to underscore the importance of the Church’s doctrine of the ancestral sin. Without a correct understanding of the fall of mankind, an Orthodox interpretation of the dogma of redemption is impossible. The Church as the body of Christ exists for the exclusive purpose of the salvation of men. Therefore, any discussion about the nature of the Church and the holy mysteries would be incomprehensible without a prior clarification of the teaching of the Holy Scriptures and the Fathers regarding the fall and salvation. [...]A failure to understand the biblical teachings about salvation and the Church and their connection automatically leads to an erroneous interpretation of the Gospel passages on the mysterial union in Christ as simply symbolic and a consequence of each sacred writer’s personal zeal, or as some element of secondary importance that does not exhaust the meaning of the Church. [...]It is generally accepted, especially by Orthodox and Roman Catholic theology, that the means by which a person becomes a member of the Church is baptism. Nevertheless, there is a fundamental difference between the Eastern Orthodox and the Western, either Roman Catholic or Protestant, meaning of baptism. The difference exists because of mutually exclusive understandings of the fall and salvation. Consequently, these determine the differences between the East and the West in various doctrines regarding the Church.”
—“INTRODUCTION”

CONTENTS

TRANSLATOR’S INTRODUCTION
AUTHOR’S PREFACE TO THE FIRST GREEK EDITION
INTRODUCTION
   A. The Importance of the Subject
   B. Theological Method
I. CREATION, FALL, AND SALVATION ACCORDING TO GREEK PHILOSOPHY IN GENERAL
II. GOD’S RELATIONS WITH THE WORLD
   A. The Creation Ex Nihilo and the Divine Freedom
   B. The Energy of God in the World
      1. “My Father worketh hitherto.”
      2. God, the Giver of Life
III. SATAN
   A. Introduction
   B. Satan and the Ominpotence of God
   C. Satan and the Fall
   D. The War Between God and Satan
   E. Satan and the Justice of God
IV. THE DESTINY OF MAN
   A. Introduction
   B. Moral Perfection
   C. Perfection and the Fall
   D. Immortality
V. SPIRITUAL MAN IN THE IMAGE OF GOD
   A. Carnal, Animal, Spiritual
   B. Image and Likeness
VI. THE ANCESTRAL SIN
   A. The Original State and the Fall
   B. The Transmittal of Death
   C. “Many Were Made Sinners.”
   D. Conclusion
EPILOGUE
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX OF NAMES
ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR

Item Number: BKZ900
Publication Data: Ridgewood, NJ: Zephyr, 2008
Format: softcover
Number of Pages: 190
Dimensions (l × w × h): 21.2 cm × 13.6 cm × 1.1 cm
ISBN: 978‒0‒9707303‒1‒2

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