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After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY






Fr. Seraphim's letter to Dr. Kalomiros censored

My guess is this censoring was done by Fr. Herman, because it was done before 1997, and Fr. Herman, after being defrocked by ROCOR, did not want Fr. Seraphim's loyalty to ROCOR to be known.  So, neo-Platina is not to blame, this time.




blue type = segment found in older versions of this letter which is omitted in newer versions (after 1997)



Fifth Week of Great Lent, 1974

Dear Dr. Kalomiros,
Greetings in our Lord Jesus Christ.

At last I am writing my reply to your letter on "evolution."
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Alas, our present-day Orthodox Christians, and not least those who have been educated in "theological academies," have followed the Roman Catholics in this and have come to a similar state of ignorance of the Patristic teaching.  This is why even Orthodox priests are extremely vague about the Orthodox teaching of Adam and the first-created world and blindly accept whatever science says about these things.  It may be that the Holy Trinity Seminary at Jordanville, New York, is the only remaining Orthodox school where the attempt is made to teach the Holy Fathers  not "academically" but as living parts of a whole tradition; and it is significant that a Professor of this seminary, Dr. I. M. Andreyev, who is also a Doctor of Medicine and Psychology, has expressed in print the very idea I have tried to communicate above, and which seems beyond the understanding of those who approach the Holy Fathers from the wisdom of this world instead of vice versa.  Dr. Andreyev writes:

Christianity has always viewed the present state of matter as being the result of a fall into sin.... The fall of man changed the whole of nature, including the nature of matter itself, which was cursed by God (Gen. 3:17).  ("Scientific Knowledge and Christian Truth," in St. Vladimir National Calendar for 1974, NY, p. 69.)

Professor Andreyev finds that Bergson and Poincare have glimpsed this idea in modern times – but of course it is only our Orthodox Holy Fathers who have spoken clearly and authoritatively about it.

The vague teaching on Paradise and creation of Roman Catholicism – and of those Orthodox Christians who are under Western influence in this matter – has deep roots in the past of Western Europe.  The Roman Catholic scholastic tradition, even at the height of its medieval glory, already taught a false doctrine of man, and one which doubtless paved the way for the later acceptance of evolutionism, first in the apostate West, and then in the minds of Orthodox Christians who are insufficiently aware of their Patristic tradition and so have fallen under foreign influences.  In fact the teaching of Thomas Aquinas, unlike the Orthodox Patristic teaching, in its doctrine of man is quite compatible with the idea of evolution which you advocate.

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With love in Christ our Saviour,
Seraphim, monk