THE FIRST-CREATED MAN
The First-Created Man is a collection of seven homilies which deal with Adam’s fall and our redemption by Jesus Christ.
A knowledge of the beginning and end of all things is essential for us to understand the purpose of our existence here on this earth, and what lies beyond it. For a true interpretation of the first and last things, we must turn to those teachers who beheld the beginning and end in a state of divine vision. Among these great seers was St. Symeon the New Theologian (949–1022): he speaks of the mysteries of the beginning and end precisely because he has seen them.
St. Symeon’s profound homilies on Adam and the future age give the theological foundation for the Christian life of struggle. The original state of man from which Adam fell tells of our deepest nature, of which our present fallen nature is a corruption that is to be overcome; and the future state of blessedness is the goal to which our Christian struggle is aimed, and to which we can attain, by God’s grace, despite our fallen state.
"Adam did not wish to say, 'I sinned,' but said rather the contrary of this and placed the blame for transgression upon God Who created everything 'very good,' saying to Him, 'The woman whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I ate.' And after him, she placed the blame on the serpent, and they did not wish at all to repent and beg forgiveness of Him."—St. Symeon, Homily 45
These homilies of St. Symeon have been selected, translated, and introduced by Fr. Seraphim Rose with the aim of reconnecting modern man with the ancient understanding of the true purpose of life.
Softbound. 124 pp.