I just finished reading Salvation in Christ: A Lutheran-Orthodox Dialouge. Within its pages are a series of essays from both Orthodox and Lutheran scholars and theologians discussing all things from creation and free-will to redemption, justification, sanctification and theosis. These dialogues took place in the eighties as an effort to clarify the points of agreement divergence in the soteriology of the two traditions. All these debates of course revolved around passages of the Scriptures and are ultimately a matter of authority in interpretation. Putting the book to rest, it seems as if I am given a choice: Believe the Scriptures as Luther did or believe the Scriptures as the Holy Fathers did, and as both the Roman Church and the Church of the East (minus the points of divergence) do to this day.
It is hot and we are slow and wet and perhaps even more alive for it. Take it! Take it! Take the heat and wrap yourself in it. Sweat! For you are still alive and those that are buried in the ground are so very cold.