Father Kimel of Pontifications has alerted me to the following blog articles which provide a rather different Orthodox perspective on the alleged chasm between Greek and Latin understandings of sin and salvation. I doubt that the author, Ephrem Bensusan, a conservative Eastern Orthodox, can be accused of being a “latinophile” or “crypto-Catholic”, although apparently he does not think that Orthodox can so easily dismiss or disqualify theologians or theological statements (especially conciliar ones) on the basis that they are from the “Western captivity” of Orthodox theology in the modern period. I’m sure that there is a real basis to the “pseudomorphosis” argument as proposed by Florovsky; however, in popular (mostly American convert) Eastern Orthodox discourse (e.g. the “Frederica” school of American Orthodoxy), this narrative has become horribly overblown.
Anyhow, without any further ado, here are the articles from Ephrem Bensusan’s Razilazenje:
- Some Patristic Quotations on Divine Justice, Substitution and Propitiation (6/3/2005)
- Original Sin in the Eastern Orthodox Confessions and Catechisms (3/24/2006)
- Vladimir Moss: Is Hell Just? (3/25/2006)
- An Angry and Gentle God in the Hands of Fr Morelli (3/26/2006)
- More Patristic Quotations on Divine Justice, Substitution and Propitiation (3/29/2006)
- Divine Justice, Substitution, and Propitiation in the Eastern Orthodox Confessions and Catechisms (7/2/2006)
- Fr George Mastrantonis on Ancestral Sin (12/6/2006)
- Ancestral vs. Original Sin: A False Dichotomy (12/11/2006)
- Original Sin: The West-Haters Strike Back (12/14/2006)
- Nicholas Cabasilas on Satisfaction (12/19/2006)
- Quotations on Ancestral Sin (12/21/2006)
And on the related topic of the contemporary Orthodox dismissal of the seventeenth century Orthodox confessional statements under the suspicion of “Western captivity”, here’s Bensusan’s take.