Monday, July 21, 2008

Eastern Orthodoxy & the Immaculate Conception

Orthodox blogger Eirenikon has two excellent posts (part 1 and part 2) on the differences (or rather similarities) between East & West on the Immaculate Conception and the doctrine of Original Sin. As Jaroslav Pelikan, the famous convert to Orthodoxy argued, the debate in the middle ages was never over whether Mary was sinless or not, the Church already insisted that she was free from actual sin. Some modern Eastern Orthodox theologians, as I understand, have followed Protestants in charging Mary with sin but this is a relatively new idea. Anyway, check out his posts they're well worth it.

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