“God never ceases from the goods because He never began them.” -Saint Maximus the Confessor
“Each person comes to the Church in their own unique way because they are a unique person. What people often notice…is the idea of uniqueness and freedom that is so prevalent in Orthodox spirituality. They may not know or ever discover that this is because Orthodoxy takes there to be a plurality of real Goods in the Good and that God is fully both…People often do intuitively grasp this emphasis lacking in other bodies whose doctrine of God, Christology, soteriology and eschatology seem to be a single pathway to assimilation to the absolute One.” -Robinson to Blosser
Because of the issue of realistic thinking and free-will in Christ and the Saints, this little phrase has been the key ingredient that has been inbedded in the thought of this blog. One that caused me to investigate the theology of Maximus the Confessor, Gregory of Nyssa, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, Athanasius, Symeon the New Theologian, Gregory Palamas, and many others with greater care.