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Eternity and Time
Author: Dumitru Staniloae
Translator: A. M. Allchin
Dumitru Staniloae (1903-1993), a Romanian Orthodox priest, was Professor of Dogmatic Theology both at Sibiu in Transylvania and at Bucharest. As a result of the publication of his version of the ‘Philokalia’ in Romanian, he was particularly associated with monastic revival in his country. He was looked to as a Christian leader during the prolonged oppression of Christians in Romania and was imprisoned 1958-63. He is becoming known increasingly in the English-speaking world, as more of his writings are translated.
Arthur MacDonald Allchin (1930-2010), best known as Donald Allchin, was ordained priest in 1957 and later became a Canon of Canterbury Cathedral. He first gained recognition as a writer with ‘The Silent Rebellion’, a study of the nineteenth-century recovery of the monastic life in the Anglican Church. He was Warden for many years of the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God and the Society of the Sacred Cross at Tymawr. His interests in ecumenism and in the language, religion and culture of Wales were reflected in his becoming Director of the St Theosevia Centre for Christian Spirituality in Oxford 1987-94 and subsequently an honorary Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Wales in Bangor.
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God has given us the gift of time. Through that gift, we have the opportunity to grow in response to God’s love, but we are always free to choose whether or not we wish to do so and thereby to live eternity. The life of the Trinity is the life of eternity, yet God accepted the limitations of our lives, including our mortality, in taking on human form in Jesus. Because of the incarnation of Jesus, time enters into eternity, and eternity is brought into time.
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