Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Origen (c. 185-c. 254 ) on Faith, Works, and Judgment

I was just made aware of this insightful patristic citation today, which is highly relevant to my recent paper: Final Judgment in Scripture is Always Associated With Works and Never With Faith Alone (50 Passages). This is the Catholic "both/and" outlook. It sure ain't the Protestant tendency to "either/or" false dichotomies:
It is good to know that we will be judged at the divine judgment seat not on our faith alone, as if we had not to answer for our conduct; nor on our conduct alone, as if our faith were not to be scrutinized. What justifies is our uprightness on both scores, and if we are short on either we shall deserve punishment.

(Dialogue with Heraclides, 8; from Navarre Bible Commentary; comment on Acts 20:21)

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