Week 2 Summary - Week 2 Summary Evans-Wilson 1 The Economy of Salvation Two Patristic Traditions Salvation has two patristic traditions the East and

Week 2 Summary - Week 2 Summary Evans-Wilson 1 The Economy...

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Week 2 Summary Evans-Wilson, 1 The Economy of Salvation: Two Patristic Traditions Salvation has two patristic traditions, the East and West. The saintly Greek bishop, Gregory of Nyssa, leans towards universalism and seems to offer a simpler explanation of human agency and responsibility in salvation. The saintly Latin bishop, Augustine of Hippo, denies universalism and argues for the supremacy and priority of grace. St. Gregory believed that the entire human race is the divine image in the creation. God intends a definite number of humans to be generated so that humanity itself will reach its proper perfection. Once this task is fully reached the generative process will cease and every individual will be brought to perfection. This divine image requires the salvation of the whole human race. This process is successfully done by setting the purification, the cleansing of the body from passion and cleansing of the soul from vice, as a foundational condition for growth in union with God. St. Augustine preached predestination and how it was understood as the preparation of grace by God, while grace itself was defined as a gift. Augustine argued that some and not all are chosen for salvation. The grace

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