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Religion and Governance by Chandra Muzaffar (Editor)

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The liturgical poetry of the Orthodox Church is a vast repository of theological reflection: theology presented in the form of song. A further synchronism worth noting is that probably contemporary with the writer who composed the Areopagitical works was the greatest of Byzantine poets, Romanos the Melodist, who expressed his theology in verse sermons, called kontakia, and that, in general, the sixth century sees the beginning of various attempts to turn the theology (and often the very language) of theologians such as St Gregory into liturgical song.

Human beings were created in the image of God and thus able to contemplate God. Athanasius is clear that creation means creation out of nothing, with the result that there is a fundamental ontological gulf between God and the cosmos, which is now thought of as the created order. As a result of the fall, which he sees as the failure of human beings to continue in such contemplation of God, they turned to an inwardlooking contemplation of themselves, which, as beings created out of nothing, amounts to a return to nothingness, manifest in subjection of corruption and death.

E. the Greeks) and On the Incarnation, which is probably early, and bears no particular mark of the Arian controversy. Athanasius casts his presentation of Christianity in the context of creation and fall. Human beings were created in the image of God and thus able to contemplate God. Athanasius is clear that creation means creation out of nothing, with the result that there is a fundamental ontological gulf between God and the cosmos, which is now thought of as the created order. As a result of the fall, which he sees as the failure of human beings to continue in such contemplation of God, they turned to an inwardlooking contemplation of themselves, which, as beings created out of nothing, amounts to a return to nothingness, manifest in subjection of corruption and death.

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