Rome’s dense theology: an Orthodox perspective

1. FILIOQUE*. To say that the Holy Spirit (Lord and Giver of Life) proceeds from the Father “and the Son” (in Latin “Filioque”) in place of just the Father, seems to put the Father and Son on equal footing above the Holy Spirit. It has, I’m told, been defended as a safeguard against Arianism, but the Orthodox East never added it, and they’re still, well, orthodox. That’s why Orthodox Christians indeed deem the Filioque clause (and the historical attempts to impose it on the East from whence the [true] Nicaeno-Constantinopolitan Creed came without the “Filioque”) to be at the very least pretentious and at the most heretical. Bad behavior.

2. THE GODHEAD. Orthodoxy neither professes nor confesses a godhead or divinity that is lifeless, impersonal or separate from, much less superior to, God the Father, Son or Holy Spirit. God, godhood and godliness are manifestly inseparable realities. We don’t believe that there is godhood above God, and we don’t believe you can be godly apart from God. We do believe that, with God, you can attain to theosis, which Western mystics term the “Via Unitiva” or “Unitive Way” (not to be confused with the Communist employees’ organization). We do believe that God is, paradoxically, both knowable (in his energies) and unknowable (in his essence). “Godhead” is a crutch, awkward at best and misleading at worst; it has no place in orthodox Christian theology.

3. CARNOCENTRISM. I can’t stress this enough. Easter (really Pascha) is more important than even Christmas, as the deep (or, if I may, biblical) Christian realizes. It is even more important than Good Friday. Christians (read “true Christians”) are an “Easter people,” and every Sunday, which is the Day of the Lord, was so designated because of Easter and is their “little Easter.” Easter is Christianity Day par excellence, full stop. This is because our Faith is about Life, not this earthly life (that would fall under the domain of common sense) but Life that is invincible and interminable. Where Christianity departs from the humanities is that it is geared toward the spirit over the flesh. Without this potent salt, heterodox Christianity is ipso facto Satan’s workshop. All that directs man to worldliness, however elaborate their explanation, is directing man to Satan. The mystery of the Incarnation, miles from its orthodox meaning, has been thus abused in the modern Christian West as an inroad for shadow. It seems the leadership within the Canonical Orthodox and Papist Catholic communions are lately acknowledging the Coptic Alexandrian Papacy’s miaphysitism as not being monophysitism (“one nature”) but indeed perfectly orthodox. This is also indicative of where the churches are finding the true Faith.

CONCLUSION. Positions that are unbiblical cannot be orthodox (nor honestly catholic). Also the Romanist’s assumption that the East is completely Gnostic frankly says far more about them than about the East.
* The Filioque is considered by some Orthodox as communicating the error of Subordinationism, since it subordinates the Holy Spirit to the other Two. I have never heard anyone assert that it amounts to “the sin against the Holy Spirit” Christ calls eternally unforgivable, but it’s hard to say with any certainty that it isn’t. Perhaps this is why the Vatican (“Rome”) no longer says “Filioque”?

Of languages and religions

Both are outer expressions of something perhaps ineffable. Eden was about how a couple ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil but not of Life. Babel was about how a civilization built a tower and were struck mutually unintelligible. More religions and sects arise daily, not to mention new ideologies, subcultures, hobbies, family divisions, professions, genres, jargons, (life)styles, parties, and a million other ways in which man, the perpetual tailor, seems to stitch together new caps and robes as a pretext for carving out some obscure corner of truth in defiance of oneness, apparently preferring ego’s delusions which to the thinker are immediately revealed as petty and doomed, yet also for the untrained mind, very effective distractions. Some would say the shallow “I” is the wellspring of sorcery and all the world’s horrors, that peace’s ground zero is personal transparency. Does our experience not indeed testify that the more we quiet ourselves the more meaningfully we seem drawn together? But on the other hand is there something in us that craves division, or some mightier power that doesn’t want us banding together (as Genesis often suggests)? How then can we read history without blinders such that we can assertively set about activating our ideals and stop killing one another? Linguists posit a single source “Indo-European” root-language. What if there was likewise a Eurasian root-religion? I remember in Phenomenology (?) class we did some lingustics work centering around the apparently very old term “SAC,” from where we get the English “sacred,” “sacrament,” “sacrosanct,” and possibly also “sanctity.” Freemasons sort of take an élitist train of thought (or at any rate rhetoric) on this and would like us to assume that it was Israel’s King Solomon’s temple knights, of which they are allegedly direct heirs, who guarded the magical essence of which today’s conventions are sort of inbred offspring, sort of the way planets are the bastard children of stars (and, in the lore of Gnostics [a term that adjoins “Freemasons” and “Hindus”], Yahweh [blasphemy alert] is the bastard child of Sophia [i.e. Wisdom. Even those who are aware of Satanism seldom understand that misotheism {or hatred of God} also abides within a range of strands including Gnosticism {which itself modernly abides within so-called Thelema}]). But methinks Freemasons have gone a long way in rewriting history to fit their flaming mythology. (#Christopher Columbus exposed.) Moreover, and more to the point, they do not make room for love and common sense (much less do they give them first prize), presuming themselves to be enlightened (or in Latin “illuminati”). They elevate all materialistic theories as gospel (such as Marxism [Communism], Randism [Selfishism], Darwinism [Gradual Macroevolutionism and Brutalism] and Hoylism [BigBangism]) because of course they worship Satan and/or Planet Earth. I do not go quietly into that night; I do not join this race-to-the-bottom. (Even Christians who overemphasize the Incarnation to the detriment of the Resurrection are ceding to this terrapetal death-force. I believe (Orthodox) Christianity offers something more whole, saving and good. I don’t say that it is, much less am I, the last word on the true meaning or practice of the Platonic Transcendentals of Truth, Beauty, Goodness or Oneness. I don’t say that it perfectly glorifies the Biblical Yahweh, i.e. Being. I do think it worth anyone seriously interested in the higher things looking into. We may always have mystery, let us hold fast to Light.

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