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Offline Father Peter

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Orthodox Christology
« on: August 07, 2014, 11:40:43 AM »
A new, second edition, of this collection of papers by Father Peter Farrington of the British Orthodox Church within the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate is now available for purchase as a paperback.

This new edition contains additional papers, and one paper which has never been published elsewhere before. The volume has now increased to over 350 pages of interesting and useful content.

These papers are of significant interest to those studying Orthodox Christology, and those interested in understanding the perspective of the Oriental Orthodox communion of Churches.

More information here...

http://anorthodoxpriest.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/orthodox-christology-second-edition.html
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Re: Orthodox Christology
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2014, 04:47:44 PM »
Can the Oriental Orthodox receive the Eastern Orthodox Councils?

Father Peter Farrington

At the beginning of the 21st century it seems that the relationship between the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox communities is as close as it has been for centuries. There certainly remain those within the Eastern Orthodox community who might be considered as viewing the Oriental Orthodox community through a prism of ignorance and misrepresentation, some of which is due to the lack of proper explanation by the Oriental Orthodox themselves. But increasingly it has become impossible for Eastern Orthodox to doubt that Oriental Orthodox have always confessed the perfect and complete humanity of Christ. In a growing number of congregations around the world there is a pastorally based reception to communion of lay members from other Orthodox communities. While formal agreements allowing communion between various Orthodox communities, and even proposals for reunion from senior Eastern and Oriental Orthodox hierarchs, suggest that an opportunity to explore the possibility of unity has now presented itself as both a challenge and encouragement.

Despite the positive outcome of the dialogues between the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox communions over the last decades, it seems clear that an outstanding and significant issue remains the status of those councils not received by the Oriental Orthodox. These form such an important aspect of the life and witness of the Eastern Orthodox communion that they cannot easily be ignored. Recent agreements produced by the theological dialogue between the Eastern and Orthodox communities have appeared to skate over the need for a formal response from the Oriental Orthodox to these later councils.

Nevertheless, the Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox have been able to produce a Joint Agreement which confesses a mutual confidence that the same Christology has always been held by all. That being so, it must be the case that the later councils of the Eastern Orthodox, and even the most controversial texts such as the Tome of Leo, are all able to be understood in an Orthodox manner. These joint statements have been accepted by the Holy Synods of almost all the Oriental Orthodox churches and therefore represent a formal and official view of the Eastern Orthodox.
This seems to be a moment in history that calls for generous efforts to resolve centuries old disputes. If it is necessary to go that extra mile in the name of truth and love, then such demands must be embraced.

I have been a member of the British Orthodox Church within the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate for over twenty years. Even before I became Orthodox I was engaged in the consideration of the controversy between the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox communities, and it has continued to be one of the most important areas of my own research and study. To be able to write about the unhappy separation of those Orthodox Christians who believe and practice the same faith requires some detailed understanding of the controversial issues, and of the historical consequences of events taking place over 1500 years ago.

This paper is part of a wider project to consider and respectfully present proposals aimed at encouraging the reconciliation of the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox communities. In this particular study it will be considered whether the Oriental Orthodox can receive the Eastern Orthodox councils in some formal manner. I believe it is both possible and necessary, and that such a reception can take place without the Oriental Orthodox abandoning our own consistency of faith and continuity of history.

It will be necessary to consider the Tome of Leo, the councils of Chalcedon, the Second of Constantinople, the Third of Constantinople and the Second of Nicaea. If we must accept them for the sake of reconciliation then how are we to accept them without sacrificing our own integrity? This paper will describe one perspective in the following pages.

(The rest of this paper is available in the second edition of Orthodox Christology. More information and ordering is available at the An Orthodox Priest blog)
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Re: Orthodox Christology
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2014, 06:26:11 PM »
thanks for this!
i do believe we will see this before some of us die, i pray for full inter orthodox communion regularly.
i went to a lovely service at the greek orthodox church this week, and met some lovely people.

i love you all
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Re: Orthodox Christology
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2014, 04:29:22 PM »
If I am spared then I expect to see reconciliation in my own lifetime.

The unpublished paper in this new edition of my book - Orthodox Christology - describes some of my views about how this can happen with integrity. I hope some will be interested enough to order the volume.
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Re: Orthodox Christology
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2014, 04:49:14 PM »
You managed to peak my interest. How much is the postage to Finland?
But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
Leviticus 19:34

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Re: Orthodox Christology
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2014, 05:45:26 PM »
I'm including postage in the cost.
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Re: Orthodox Christology
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2014, 05:47:07 PM »
My ex-boss, in my last job, lives next door to the Metropolitan of the Finnish Orthodox Church. He has said if I make it back out to Finland he'll arrange a dinner and invite him. I need to find an excuse to visit Finland again. I used to spend up to 5 or 6 months a year in Helsinki.
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Re: Orthodox Christology
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2014, 06:13:19 PM »
Sounds great. I'm sure our Metropolitan would be delighted to meet a visiting Coptic priest especially considering that there are regular OO attendants in the local cathedral.  :)
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Leviticus 19:34

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Re: Orthodox Christology
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2014, 05:48:41 AM »
I had always meant to go out to Uusi Valamo, but stopped working for the company before I could. I saw that there were direct bus trips from Helsinki.
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Re: Orthodox Christology
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2014, 05:59:36 AM »
It's a nice place. I spent there two weeks as a voluntary worker few years ago. Lots of tourists as (AFAIK) nowadays tourism is the main livelihood of the monastery but I didn't find that distractive. The brotherhood is slowly growing again and the archbishop recently blessed them to celebrate the DL more regularly.
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But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
Leviticus 19:34