TABOR - Tradition and Contemporaneity in the Romanian Orthodox Church
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Vladimir Lossky - elements of neo-patristic Christology
Exponent of the neo-patristic theology which sought to return to the living sources of the writings of the Fathers, Vladimir Lossky considers that the source of true Christian theology is the testimony of the Incarnation. The Incarnation of the Son of God reveals who God is, God as a Trinity of persons, thus being a revelation of God’s existence. His Incarnation is the event of true communion, created human nature being deified through participation in divine life. His Body, the Church, continues the work of Christ that removes from the human nature the result of the fall, the separation from God. The Church is already the Body of Christ, but it does not yet have the wholeness of He who is all in all. If the work of Christ is fulfilled, it is time for the work of the Spirit to be fulfilled. Lossky’s attitude is based on his 2 ways of understanding the Church: as the Body of Christ and as the Temple of the Holy Spirit, the Church thus representing the work of Christ and the Holy Spirit. For this reason, for the renowned Russian theologian, ecclesiology has a double foundation, its roots being found in Christology and, at the same time, in Pneumatology. Vladimir Losky’s uncompromising faithfulness to the scriptural and patristic tradition, accompanied by his constant concern for an Orthodox testimony articulated in the West, makes his works instrumental to understanding the Eastern Orthodox theology today.