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Can an Orthodox Christian be a cosmological Pythagorean?

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#41 Eric Peterson

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Posted 29 December 2013 - 10:59 PM

Saint Symeon lived OUTSIDE the era of the Fathers ( The PATRISTIC ERA), which historically ended with Saint John Damascene... Also, you will recall, that Saint Symeon and Hesychasm was originally not regarded universally as Orthodox, particularly Archbishop Stephen of Nicomedia, and that Saint Symeon had a great battle against the Orthodox heirarchy and those subservient to the Emperor BEFORE he was eventually accepted... Two early complaints against him were the introduction of mandatory Vegetarianism in his Abbey, and secondly of bypassing the authority of the Bishops by INCREASING the authority of (his) " spiritual father" ( Symeon the Studite), whom he canonized BEFORE the Orthodox Church had the opportunity to do... Anyway, these are different matters. Saint Symeon was NEVER regarded as a continuation of the Fathers of the PATRISTIC ERA... This ERA ended with John Damascene, as history clearly understands and states...


What do you think "history" is, some kind of monolith? Have you studied history at university? Maybe they do things differently where you come from, but in my experience there is little clear and unquestioned in history.

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