The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation is available from Amazon.com
Dr Christopher Veniamin just published his essay on the
Orthodox understanding of salvation in the teaching of
St Silouan the Athonite and Elder Sophrony of Essex.
It is available in digital form in Kindle format.
This is a very important subject and Dr Veniamin manages
to explain theological concepts with ease. He writes,
"There are, described in this passage, four stages of love, the
fourth and highest of which is that which is attested to by the
penetration of Divine Grace into the body, into the very marrow
of a person's being. And this is identified by Saint Silouan as the
highest state of holiness. 'He who feels grace in both soul and
body is a perfect man, and if he preserves this grace, his body
is sanctified and his bones will make holy relics.'
As with Christ's voluntary death, in which it was not possible for
the Body of the Logos of Life to see corruption, and which was
thus raised together with His human soul on the third day, so too
will it be with the bodies of those saints which have known great
grace in this life, and who have been able to preserve it. They too,
even after death, are not separated from the grace and love of
God, neither in soul nor in body, and hence their bodies are
revealed as holy relics." Kindle location 226 of 341.
The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: "Theosis" in St. Silouan the
Athonite and Elder Sophrony of Essex [Kindle Edition]
by Dr. Christopher Veniamin,
Mount Thabor Publishing (August 23, 2013)