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Met. Hierotheos (Vlachos): The distinction between the “Person” and the “Individual”

Metropolitan Hierotheos (Vlachos) – (1945-    ) is a Greek Orthodox metropolitan and theologian. He graduated from the Theological School of the University of Thessaloniki and is one of the finest Patristic scholars living.

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“…today a distinction is made between the person and the individual.  The term ‘person’ is used to mean the man who has freedom and love and is clearly distinguished from the mass, and the term ‘individual’ characterizes the man who remains a biological being and spends his whole life and activities on his material and biological needs, without having any other pursuit in his life.” ~ from “The person in the Orthodox Tradition”, p. 79

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Macarius the Great: “On the Heart”

Macarius the Great (the Egyptian) (c. AD 300 -390) was one of the most famous Desert Fathers, and one of the pioneers of Scetis.


“The heart is but a small vessel; and yet dragons and lions are there, and there likewise are poisonous creatures and all the treasures of wickedness; rough, uneven paths are there, and gaping chasms. There also is God, there are the angels, there life and the Kingdom, there light and the apostles, the heavenly cities and the treasures of grace: all things are there.” (Homilies 43:7)

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Gregory of Nyssa: “Making an idol of God”

Gregory of Nyssa (c. AD 335 – 395) – Along with his older brother, Basil of Caesarea,  and Gregory of Nazianzus, Gregory was one the three great Cappadocian Fathers of the 4th century.



“…every concept formed by our understanding which attempts to attain and to hem in the divine nature serves only to make an idol of God, not to make God known”.  ~ from “The Life of Moses”. 


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