Book Notes: Modern Orthodox Thinkers, chapters 13-14


Modern Orthodox ThinkersChapter 13 is on Liturgical theology: Schmemann, Foundouis, Fr Vasileios

To reread: Schmemann, For the Life of the World

Chapter 14 is on Theology of Patristic Renewal: Zizioulas and Romanides

On Zizioulas:
the author acknowledges the importance of his input, but he also strongly highlights the ambiguities of his doctrine.

On Romanides:
NB: Romanides “is opposed to an Anselmian doctrine of the atonement” (p.227).
“his position [in his doctrinal dissertation] can be seen pre-eminently as an example of the kind of neo-patristic synthesis that Florovsky regarded as the only future for Orthodox theology”, (p.227)

“For Fr Romanides, theology is not about concepts, but about experience…
What is wrong with Anselm’s idea of faith seeking understanding [fides quaerens intellectum] is that this seems to Romanides a complete digression. Faith seeks God, and finds fulfilment in an experience of God, of union with him. Romanides is fully behind St Gregory Palamas and his defence of the hesychasts, for in that defence Palamas was defending the experience of the hesychast monks. Theology is about unfolding something of that experience, and its importance lies in helping others to come to that experience of God and union with him. More starkly, perhaps, than any other Orthodox academic theologian, he lays emphasis on the importance of experience of God, an experience to which the dogmas of the faith direct us.” (p.228)

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Book Notes: Modern Orthodox Thinkers, chapter 12


Modern Orthodox ThinkersChapter 12 is on Meyendorff

  • Deification is not reached individually, it’s an ecclesial matter (pages 190-191)

  • The Orthodox Church: Its Past…

  • Christ in Eastern Christian Thought

  • Mantzaridis, The Deification of Man

  • Nellas, Deification in Christ


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Book notes: Modern Orthodox Thinkers, chapter 11


Modern Orthodox ThinkersChapter 11 is on Paul Evdokimov

“A saint is not a superman, but one who finds and lives the truth of being human as a liturgical being. The definition of the human finds its most exact and fullest expression in liturgical adoration: the human being is the person of the Trisagion and the Sanctus: ” I shall sing to my God as long as I live”.
page 164


“Our ascent of love is a response to the amour fou of God, as Evdokimov often put it, a love that breaks all limits: our love for God defines who we are. As Evdokimov puts its elsewhere, ” To the God who is love there corresponds the human amo ergo sum.”
page 165


  • Pages 170 and following are on interior monasticism

  • Reread Ages of the Spiritual Life

  • St Tikhon of Zadonsk

  • Letters of St Theophane the Recluse


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