An Application of Eastern Objective Soteriology in Evangelical Theology

Igor ZELENY

Abstract


This article examines the possibility of applying the objective soteriology inherent to the Christian East since the second century in evangelical theology. An attempt is made to define the difference between the juridical and ontological approaches to the work of Christ; an analysis of the arguments of the Eastern vision is carried out; a balanced soteriological understanding based on the organic approach is presented. It is noted that our understanding of salvation should be based on the Eastern approach, since this approach gives a deeper ontological explanation of the work of Christ. The article presents conclusions from the Eastern view which, in the writer’s opinion, can be used in evangelical theology. They apply to anthropology, the concept of sin, soteriology, and ecclesiology. The article confirms that it is precisely organic soteriology that supplies Protestant theology with arguments that allow evangelical believers to justify their right to be called the true church of Christ. The article would be useful to readers interested in the early period of Eastern theology and in contemporary Orthodox soteriology.


Keywords


Ecclesiology; Orthodox soteriology;

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THEOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS: EURO-ASIAN JOURNAL OF THEOLOGY

ISSN 2521-179X (Online), ISSN 2415-783X (Print)