Ereziile secolului I din perspectiva teologiei misionare [Heresies of the First Century From the Perspective of Missionary Theology]

Cherecheş, Ciprian (2006) Ereziile secolului I din perspectiva teologiei misionare [Heresies of the First Century From the Perspective of Missionary Theology]. Theologia Orthodoxa, 51 (2). pp. 139-169. ISSN 2065-9474

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The unitary message of the Gospel is transmitted by the Holy Apostles in a varied way, depending on the circumstances and the cultural-religious state of the recipients. They will receive this immutable message of salvation through their own value, cultural and religious hierarchies. Adaptation of the message received to their own cultural arbitrariness will generate different intellections. The re-exposure of the Gospel through concepts, images and proper language, legitimate as an inherent act of preaching, generates heresy when inculturation represents an inculturation not only of the form of exposition of Christian doctrine, but at the same time of its content. Heresies thus appear in the first century as attempts to accommodate the substance of the Gospel to the pre-existing cultural and religious elements of the recipients. Depending on the area in which this accommodation of Christian doctrine erroneously occurs first century heresies can be categorized into: legalistic, rationalistic, and moral. Legalistic heresies represent attempts by the gospel to accommodate the prescriptions of Mosaic law. They suppose not to make the difference between the new bottom of teachings of the Christian religion and the form in which they were preached initially, and to try to make subsist in the same religion as much the mosaic as Christianity. The rationalist heresies represent the attempt to assimilate Christianity to a syncretist current, specific to the first century, Gnosticism. Christianity, in its attempt to accommodate the rationalist structures promoted by Hellenistic culture, will be obsolete to the level of mere inspiration from Gnostic systems, free to lend disparate elements. Moral heresies represent the attempt to dissociate Christian doctrine from the morality that it induces. Moral compromise, or suppression of morality, in the case of the Nicolaitans, represents a misguided attempt to adapt Christianity to the characteristics of decadent first-century society.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: A Church/mission history
B Mission theology/theory
B Mission theology/theory > Mission-Biblical teaching
B Mission theology/theory > Evangelism/Proclamation of Gospel
B Mission theology/theory > Contextualization/Inculturation
D World Christianity and Central Eastern Europe > Europe
G Christian traditions/Denominations > Eastern Orthodox
Divisions: Central Europe
Central Europe > Romania
Depositing User: Speranca Tomin
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2022 14:49
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2022 14:49

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