By Christos Yannaras
A transparent and concise advent to Orthodox theology.
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Repenting and believing in this ‘good news’ will re-orient the lives of his hearers and renew Israel (Mark 1: 14–15). ‘The old age of Satan’s dominion’ is ‘at an end’, and ‘the new age of God’s rule is about to begin’. 4 In Mark, as in Paul, ‘gospel’ corresponds to the doublet, revelation/ salvation. We move now to John’s Gospel, which, while never using the term ‘euangelion’, in other ways suggests the coincidence of revelation and salvation. THE GOSPEL OF JOHN The Gospel of John links ‘word’ and ‘truth’ when Jesus promises liberation to those who believe in him and remain open to the divine revelation he communicates: ‘if you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth [that is to say, know God as Jesus reveals God to be], and the truth will make you free’.
J. Kira, ‘A Response to Stephen T. Davis’, in I. U. Dalferth and M. Ch. ), Revelation (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014), 65–72, at 71; italics mine. ‘Inherently reciprocal’ (rather than merely ‘relational’) clariﬁes better the interplay between divine revelation and human faith. 28 OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 14/6/2016, SPi 16 Revelation Beyond question, God always remains the ‘absolute mystery’, the ‘ineffable One’,29 that is to say, far too great and mysterious ever to be comprehensively described.
L. Kosky (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2000), 198. See also Marion, ‘The Saturated Phenomenon’, in Phenomenology and the ‘Theological Turn’: The French Debate, trans. B. G. Prusak (New York: Fordham University Press, 2000), 176–216. 20 OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 14/6/2016, SPi 28 Revelation ‘the impossibility of attaining knowledge of God, comprehension of God in the strict sense’. The divine mystery gives itself to us, but exceeds and overwhelms our capacity to receive it. The revealed God remains ‘invisible, unreadable’, and unknowable in what PseudoDionysius the Areopagite called ‘dazzling darkness’.
Elements of Faith: An Introduction to Orthodox Theology by Christos Yannaras