Byzantine Christianity 2-5-08

Byzantine Christianity 2-5-08 - Tuesday February 5 2008...

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008 Why does he spend so much time talking about the possibility of forgiveness? John seems to be afraid that his friend Theodore doesn’t think he can go back after the choice he made. John, however, is encouraging him that he can, indeed, go back and be forgiven. Another take on this: Chrysostom is too smart to think that this guy doesn’t know that he can be forgiven. What he is really trying to do is shame him because he doesn’t realize he has sinned. It is more his way of saying to Theodore, “You really screwed up!” What is the purpose of the lengthy digressions about heaven, hell, and judgment? Hell is literally the absence of God, which is so horrible that it is described in terms of physical pain and suffering. Chrysostom is developing a rhetorical strategy to achieve a goal. Anyone who writes anything has a goal. That author, if they have any value at all, develops specific strategy and methodology to achieve their goal. The more equipped you are to do this,
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course RSRU 2720 taught by Professor Demacopoulos during the Spring '08 term at Fordham.

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