Are only people heretics and not whole churches? Christ did say his church was built on the apostles, that is, each of them...including whatever flavor each apostle brought with them? I do not want to be a proponent for the branch theory here, but the more I listen to people speaking for themselves the less different our christologies seem...Although I know it would take some stretching to get a copt and iranian to agree as to the nature of the Hypostatic union...lol.
Can not our theological differences exist within bounds? Nestorius wasn't nearly as Nestorian as Cyril Extrapolated, and Cyril was not nearly as Monophysite (or Mia for the sensitive ones) as figures like Eutyches, DIoscorus, Severus, Peter , etc... would have US believe. Truly, The Orthodox stand in the midst of all this and pave the middle road of balance...but even so, we have been taught to guard with zeal what has been handed down to us. Can we fault whole churches, who, five minutes prior to an act of excommunication were part of the same church and Led by the same Spirit? Are there really schisms from GOD or only among men? And if only among men...what are we doing? Can a schism based on misunderstanding be a real schism spiritually?
What does St. Isaac mean for all this?
Add to this the fact that the earliest monastic saints of the Georgian Orthodox CHurch, in full communion with the main Autocephalous Orthodx CHurches , were monophysites from Armenia and Syria! But they are Venerated in an Orthodox Church! It's not that I object, it's that if this is so what have we been objecting to all along? Does this not indicate that we simply prefer a certain language about God when it is often unsafe to speculate about or say too much? Or are we simply not Orthodox? Or is this simply toleration of Georgias monophysite past?
a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump...
Edited by Daniel Smith, 02 October 2009 - 05:44 AM.