Orthodox Doctrine

Orthodox Doctrine of the Apostolic Eastern Church
Metropolitan PLATON of Moscow
Reprinted from the edition of 1857, London.

THE EDITOR’S PREFACE

In issuing forth the present Treatise in an English garb, the editor’s object has been to lay before the unprejudiced inquirer an exposition of the Doctrine of the

Greek Church, such as it was from the beginning; showing how she has been invariably based on the Word of God and the constitutions of the Apostles. both of which she has unswervingly maintained, in that unity of prayer and communion of the spirit which the same Church is constantly and fervently invoking from on high.

Instead of returning evil for evil to those who of late have attempted in various ways to disparage the polity and institutions of this venerable edifice, forgetful of its having stood for ages unmoved, as erected “on the Rock” by those who had to fight the good fight for them; – the Editor begs only to observe, that in the midst of trials, persecutions, and national servitude, the mot cruel and unexampled in the annals of this earth, and in which the Greek Church might have reason to glory, she has ever held fast “the charge committed to her,” and is only looking hopefully for the time when, together with all the elect of God, she will also come out rejoicing, and “bringing her sheaves with her.”

An attentive perusal of this work will convince the otherwise interested or skeptical, that “the world of wisdom knew not God;” that the tree has ever been known by ts fruit, – fruit and no dissent or division; ad that the fruit and the unity of the Greek Church remain. Her motto has ever been, and will be – “JESUS CHRIST the same yesterday, to day, and for ever.”

G. POTESSARO

Manchester, October 1857

CONTENTS

ORTHODOX DOCTRINE

Part the First 

OF THE NATURAL KNOWLEDGE OF GOD

SECT. I. The beginning of human knowledge
II., III. The Existence of God proved
IV. What is God
V. The attributes of God
VI. Of Creation
VII. Of Man’s Creation
VIII., IX. Of God’s Providence
X., XI., XII. Of Divine Worship
XIII. Of future Life
XIV., XV. Of Human Corruption
XVI. Of Man’s Culpability Before God
XVII. Of Man’s Duty in seeking Reconciliation
XVIII Of Man’s Inability to find the Means

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