- Oct 4, 2002
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For most of the history of the Greek/Russian/etc. speaking parts of the Church? No. Maybe a stray text here or there was translated every few centuries. St. Augustine is a towering figure in Orthodoxy--just not in the Greek/Russian/etc. speaking parts of it. The implication of what Fr. said seems to be that those who weren't familiar with St. Augustine's theology were somehow lacking, at least until they read Sts. Augustine or Gregory Palamas. I find this position confusing...Alpo said:So St. Augustine is not part of "Orthodox theology"?Asteriktos said:I'm not sure that I can go along with the implications of this, Father. Are we to say that until someone got around to translating St. Augustine into Greek, or perhaps even until the late time of St. Gregory Palamas, that Orthodox theology was somehow distorted or wrong and in need of a counter-balance or corrective? ???akimel said:That's what the doctrine of the Trinity is all about: God is love. It's not about resolving a metaphysical conundrum about how one can be three and three be one. This is one reason why the East will always need St Augustine. Whatever flaws his Trinitarian reflections may have had, he understood that the doctrine of the Trinity is all about love. Fortunately, St Gregory Palamas assimilated his insights into his own trinitarian reflections (without attribution, however). It's all about unconditional love. Nothing else is worth preaching.