Male and Female – Part 3 – At the Cross

Below is the link to the third and final part of Father Stephen Freeman’s blogpost entitled “Male and Female”, which we’ll read and discuss on July 28th, 2015 Tuesday at 7pm, concluding our three-part discussion on the Orthodox view of Marriage. Father Allan Boyd, from Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral will be our moderator.


Male and Female Part 2 by Father Stephen Freeman

We will be continuing our discussion on the Orthodox view of marriage. This time we will be discussing the next article in the “Male and Female” series by Fr Stephen Freeman.

I noted that St. Maximus described male and female as “energies” of our human nature. I also noted that the imagery of male and female is part of the very grammar of the Christian story of salvation. But what does it mean to say that? This is where the mystery begins. For declaring that we are male or female does not suddenly mean that we have said something that we fully understand. Obviously gendered existence is related to procreation – but it extends well beyond that. Procreation itself participates in the mystery of our being. In the quotes from Sts. Paul and John, the hiddenness of our existence is primary. And in both cases, what is hidden remains hidden until the appearing of Christ Himself. We are created in the image and likeness of God, but the truth of the image is found not in us, but in Christ Himself. In some manner we have to confess that even the gendered quality of our lives will not be clear until we see it in Christ. -Fr Stephen Freeman

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