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The Patristic Doctrine of Creation

The Patristic Doctrine of Creation

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This is Father Seraphim Rose's commentary from the Patristic Fathers on the Orthodox doctrine of Creation.
This is Father Seraphim Rose's commentary from the Patristic Fathers on the Orthodox doctrine of Creation.

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ThePatristicDoctrineofCreation
by
FatherSeraphimRose
 
EDITOR~SNOTE
Thefollowingletterwaswritten
by
Fr.SeraphimtoDr.AlexanderKalo-miros,aGreekOrthodoxmedicaldoctor.church
toriter;
and"Christian
evolutionist."Fr.
Seraphimwasrespondingtoaletterfrom
Dr.Kalomi-
ros,inwhich
the
latterattemptedtoshow
that
the
HolyScripturesandtheteachingof
the
Holy
Fathers
were
compatiblewithmodernevolution-
ary
theory.According
to
Dr.Kalomiros,
Adamwasan
"euolied
beast,"
who
atthe
appropriate
pointinhisevolutionarydevelopment
received
the
grace
ofGodandthusbecameman.Dr.Kalomiroswrote:
'(WhentheLordGodbreathed
into
Adams
foeethebreath
of
life7
thenthe
evolvedbeast
becamea
logicalcreature....
Iwouldnotbesurprised
if
Adams
body
hadbeeninallrespectsthe
body
ofanape....Adamwasprobablybiologicallyless
evolvedthanmanofpresent
days....
Hewastaken
from
thetopstepof
theevolutionary
ladderof
anthropoids.
Mandoesnotcomefrommonkeysbutftomanotherbranchofanthropoidswithaparallel
evolution.Wehave
nothing
by
whichto
conclude
in
whichstageofevolu-tionthebreathofGodwasgiventotheanimal."
Fr.
Seraphims
reply
to
Dr.
Kalomiros,
publishedposthumouslyin
EpiphanyJournal
(Fall
1989-
Winter
1990)
andlaterin
abridgedform
in
TheChristianActivist
(Spring/Summer
1998),
hasbecomethede-
finitive
introductiontothe
Patristicdoctrineofcreationandthedefini-tive
Patristic
refotationof
the
modern
theory
ofevolution.We
presentit
here
with
sectiontitlesadded
by
the
editor.
For
moreabout
Fr.
Seraphim'scorrespondencewith
Dr.
Kalomiros,see
theEditorsPreface
(pp.
26-30,
35)
40)andtheselectionsfromFr.Sera-
phim's
lettersinPart
V
(pp.
514-15,522-44).

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