Vladimir Lossky was a influential Eastern Orthodox theologian. Lossky specialized in drawing out the content of both mystical theology and dogma and demonstrating that they were one and the same.
In Lossky’s thought all theology is mystical, inasmuch as it shows forth the divine mystery. For Lossky theology had to have as its starting point an awareness or encounter with the divine (Theoria).
As the basis of this “Vision of God” lay dogma. Dogma was essential to the Christian in his or her struggle for sanctification and union with God. Dogma provided the specific orthodoxy (right mind) and orthopraxis (right practice) of the Eastern Orthodox path to salvation (soteriology).
At this point it is important to draw the distinction between how the Christian East and Christian West traditionally approached the discipline of growing closer to the Lord. In future posts I will discuss terms such as “Theoria”, “Theosis”, “Thomism”, “Scholasticism”, and more.
Hopefully by the end we will see why Pope John Paul II in wisdom said about the image of the Church “breathing with her two lungs”. That there should be a combination of the more rational, juridical, organization-minded “Latin” temperament with the intuitive, mystical and contemplative spirit found in the east.