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Few in the West realize that man has an inner faculty designed to facilitate communion with God in this life and the next.  The West has unwittingly adopted an Augustino-Platonic anthropology that features an erroneous theory of the nous.  In the West, the nous is often equated with “imagination,” and is seen as facilitating a communion with divine forms either in an astral realm or within the uncreated essence of God.  Fr. John articulated, for the modern world, the original Orthodox Christian teaching about anthropology.  Ecumenists avoid the topic, or adopt the dubious terminological innovations of Bulgakov and Zizioulas.  Thus the continuing relevance of “Romanidesian Theology.” James L. Kelley

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