Pillar and ground of truth

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The Pillar and Ground of the Truth: An Essay in Orthodox Theodicy in Twelve Letters by Pavel Florensky

Pavel Florensky--certainly the greatest Russian theologian of the last century--is now recognized as one of Russias greatest polymaths. Known as the Russian Leonardo da Vinci, he became a Russian Orthodox priest in 1911, while remaining deeply involved with the cultural, artistic, and scientific developments of his time. Arrested briefly by the Soviets in 1928, he returned to his scholarly activities until 1933, when he was sentenced to ten years of corrective labor in Siberia. There he continued his scientific work and ministered to his fellow prisoners until his death four years later. This volume is the first English translation of his rich and fascinating defense of Russian Orthodox theology.


Originally published in 1914, the book is a series of twelve letters to a brother or friend, who may be understood symbolically as Christ. Central to Florenskys work is an exploration of the various meanings of Christian love, which is viewed as a combination of philia (friendship) and agape (universal love). Florensky is perhaps the first modern writer to explore the so-called same-sex unions, which, for him, are not sexual in nature. He describes the ancient Christian rites of the adelphopoiesis (brother-making), joining male friends in chaste bonds of love. In addition, Florensky is one of the first thinkers in the twentieth century to develop the idea of the Divine Sophia, who has become one of the central concerns of feminist theologians.
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I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
Pavel Florensky

The Pillar and Ground of the Truth

But if I tarry long, that you may know how you ought to behave yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. Deuteronomy And he gave Joshua the son of Nun a charge, and said, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou shalt bring the children of Israel into the land which I sware unto them: and I will be with thee. Ephesians ,22 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: …. Hebrews Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house…. Deuteronomy For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have , and lived? Jeremiah For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land. Matthew ,19 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it….

Paul wrote to Timothy that the church is the pillar and ground of the truth, what does this mean? The Greek word for pillar is stulos , from stuo , which means a post, something that supports. The word for ground in this passage in Greek is hedraioma - which means a support not the regular word for ground. In other words, Paul is conveying the purpose of the Church is to uphold the truth that was given to her. Naturally speaking, pillars are put in a building to support the roof which is above to complete the structure. It is Christ who is the head of the church and the body, He controls us.

Please use the Banner of Truth UK site. We often hear the observation that those who accept the Bible as the Word of God frequently differ from one other in their interpretations so. How are we going to decide which of the approaches to the Christian faith is correct?
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This verse is commonly cited by Catholics to "prove" the infallibility of the teaching and doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church. The assumption here being that by the process of apostolic succession, the Roman Catholic Church is the church of God and therefore it is "the pillar and ground of truth", which can never error doctrinally. Let's look at this verse in context:. Note that Paul has described in writing to Timothy the qualifications for both the bishop and deacon in the church of the living God. Both are to be the husbands of one wife, married only once and that the discipline of their children is to be an example of their ability to govern the church. The implication being that if they are unable to maintain an orderly household, they are not qualified for positions of authority in the church. See also Titus , 6.

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  1. Crenalethel says:

    October 12-13, 2019

  2. Declan P. says:

    “ the house of God is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (I Timothy ). The word “pillar” should remind every Bible student of the pillar that God gave Israel to guide them through the wilderness to the promised land (Nehemiah ).

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    The Pillar and Ground of the Truth

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  5. Alex D. says:

    The church has been ordained by God to be the primary instrument through which His work on earth is to be accomplished.

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