Blockquote The teachings of these men codified by the church at Orange have never been disputed but always upheld. Till this day not even the EO have disputed this council.
Actually, many Orthodox scholars, such as the late Father John Meyendorff, condemn the Second Council of Orange of at least being in error.
Blockquote The Eastern Church actually agreed with the west and that’s why Ephesus and Nicaea II upheld Carthage as the de fide standard of faith concerning original sin.
The canons of Carthage were originally adopted at the ecumenical level at the Sixth Ecumenical Council, not the Seventh, so we adopted them much earlier in the east than you have supposed. I’d also would like to add more importantly that the Carthaginian canons were much more conservative on the issue of Ancestral Sin, etc. than the canons of the Second Council of Orange. We do not dispute Carthage. We dispute Orange.
Blockquote Now let me push you. Do you say it is possible for man to make an act of good faith… that is to confess Christ as God without grace?
No, of course I do not believe this position at all. Grace is a prerequisite for the profession of faith and of good deeds. Getting back to the Augustinian idea of prevenient grace, I don’t dispute your understanding, although I find it a little less precise than mine and the Eastern Orthodox Church’s (which doesn’t use that exact term). What the Orthodox Church proclaims on this matter is that the free will is a divine gift and grace from God. And although, after the Fall, when humanity foolishly turned from God and his love, this free will and grace were damaged and blemished, it was not obliterated. In short, we understand this ability of choice, this ability of free will, however much it is inclined towards sin in our fallen state, to be God’s prevenient grace at work and given to all of humanity. It therefore is incumbent upon all human beings to make use of this prevenient grace to participate in a synergetic manner with God’s divine energies and to reach an ever increasing state of theosis.
And on a slightly separate note, what I have articulated above is the position of St. John Cassian and St. Faustus of Riez.