The Holy and Great Council in Crete
Theological and Ecclesiastical Views
The Holy and Great Council in Crete is a theological study containing historical and theological arguments, which should be read by all those who wish to find out about the Council of Crete.
With a sense of responsibility towards Orthodox tradition and history, and taking a theological approach, Metropolitan Hierotheos offers readers an honest record of what happened at the Council of Crete, at which he was present and spoke several times.
Orthodox theology, as expressed by the holy Fathers, is empirical and pre-eminently prophetic, apostolic and patristic. It is ecclesiastical. This theology should form the basis of Orthodox confession and Orthodox dialogue with non-Orthodox Christians.
There should be no deviations from the revealed faith as it was received by the holy Apostles from Christ, formulated in dogmatic terms by the holy Fathers, and has been kept safe in the Church.
When the theology of the Church expressed by the Fathers of the Church is overlooked in order to find points in common with Western Christianity, this is an evident manifestation of diplomacy.