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Protopresbyter Michael Pomazansky
Orthodox dogmatic theology

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1. Our knowledge of God

The dogma of faith.

The first word of our Christian Symbol of Faith is “I believe.” All of our Christian confession

is based upon faith. God is the first object of Christian belief. Thus, our Christian acknowledgment

of the existence of God is founded not upon rational grounds, not on proofs taken from

reason or received from the experience of our outward senses, but upon an inward, higher conviction

which has a moral foundation.

In the Christian understanding, to believe in God signifies not only to acknowledge God

with the mind, but also to strive towards Him with the heart.

We believe that which is inaccessible to outward experience, to scientific investigation, to

being received by our outward organs of sense. St. Gregory the Theologian distinguishes between

religious belief — “I believe in someone, in something” — and a simple personal belief — “Ibelieve someone, I believe something.” He writes: “It is not one and the same thing ‘to believe in

something' and ‘to believe something.' We believe in the Divinity, but we simply believe any ordinary

thing” (“On the Holy Spirit,” Part III, p. 88 in the Russian edition of his Complete Works;

p. 319 in the Eerdmans English text).




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