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« on: December 05, 2007, 10:37:16 pm »

Orthodox Christians do believe that Mary was without sin for her entire life, but they generally do not share the Augustinian and Medieval Roman Catholic Church's views on original sin. They note that St. Augustine (d. 430), whose works were not well known in Eastern Christianity until after the 17th century, has exerted considerable influence over the theology of sin that has generally taken root in the Latin Rite. However, Augustine's theory that Original Sin is propagated by the concupiscence of reproduction and that it can be expressed in terms of stain and quasi-personal guilt is not shared by Eastern Orthodoxy. Some Eastern Orthodox theologians also suggest that the references among the Greek and Syrian Fathers to Mary's purity and sinlessness may refer not to an a priori state, but to her conduct after she was born. Although this is not a dogma in the Orthodox Church, there is widespread belief that there was a pre-sanctification of Mary at the time of her conception, similar to what occurred for Saint John the Baptist in his mother's womb. However, Eastern Christianity tends to focus on the fact that the main consequence of Original Sin is the distortion of the nature of this world (prominently including, but not limited to, the nature of the human race).

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