Could somebody explain how the Orthodox faith veiws the need for works in salvation? I have read conflicting points of view lately. Fr. Coniaris in Introducing the Orthodox Church puts forth what I find to be a fairly extreme "faith alone" position which seems very close to Protestant teachings. However, the OCA website Q&A gives what seems to be the opposite interpretation. Which is closer to the faith of Orthodoxy?
Not having read what Fr. Coniaris has said, I can't comment on that, but having read Fr. Matusiak's Q&A on the OCA website, I can say that his explanation clearly and concisely expresses the Orthodox view. In the Orthodox mindset, Faith and Works are interlinked. It is not an either/or proposition. Works are the fruit of one's faith, and to have Faith, without living a life of good works is to have an empty faith.