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Essays in Liturgy and Theology, Volume 1: Theology - The Conscience of the Church

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The Church needs theology. It is her conscience. Without vibrant and meaningful theological work, the Church is neither worthy nor capable of fulfilling her saving mission to the world. Sound theological reflection helps the Church renew her life, thought, worship, and practice; and helps her affirm her prophetic role in the world that she is called to evangelize and serve.

Every Orthodox Christian, inasmuch as he/she shares in the life of the Church, is vested with the responsibility to "contend earnestly for the faith, which was once for all delivered to the saints." For this reason, clergy and laity alike must struggle to grow in genuine piety and strive to achieve a level of theological literacy, in order to discern more clearly the workings of the Holy Spirit, who abides in the Church and guides her into all the truth. In the broadest sense, then, theology must be pursued and practiced by the whole body of the Church in its life and struggles.

The short essays in this volume are intended to help the reader explore the multifaceted dimensions of theological work; appreciate the richness of the Orthodox theological tradition; and understand the relationship of theology to the concerns of ordinary people, who are burdened with the cares and the challenges of contemporary life.



p. ix


p. 1

Theology, Theologians, Theological Literacy, and the Church

p. 1

The Gift of Infallibility

p. 3

Theological Literacy and the Church

p. 5

Theology Serves the Church

p. 8

Theology: A Gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church

p. 11

The Ecclesial Character of Orthodox Theology

p. 11

Theology: Exploring the Mystery of God

p. 13

Theology as Doxology

p. 16

Theology as a Mystical Exchange

p. 17

Theological Reflection is the Conscience of the Church

p. 19

Theology is Dynamic and Creative

p. 23

Doing Theology through the Academic Disciplines

p. 29

The Appropriateness of Theological Scholarship

p. 29

Conjunctive Theologies

p. 33

An Example of an Informed Conjunctive Theology

p. 38

Doing Theology Contextually

p. 43

Constructive Theological Work is Always Contextual

p. 43

The Globalization of Theological Education

p. 49

Doing Theology is a Vocation

p. 57

The Holy Spirit Raises Up People to Theologize

p. 57

The Person of the Theologian

p. 61

The Theologian at Work

p. 62

Doing Theology Locally

p. 67

Theological Work is Accomplished Both in the Academy and in the Parish

p. 67

Reflection and Application

p. 69

Ways of Doing Theology

p. 73

Three Roles and Approaches

p. 73

The Theologian as Prophet

p. 74

The Theologian as Preserver

p. 74

The Theologian as Participant

p. 75

Orthodox Theology is “Participant” Theology

p. 77

Theology Expresses the Experience of Salvation

p. 81

Doing Theology in the Patristic Mode

p. 81


p. 85


p. 107

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166 Pages


Holy Cross Orthodox Press



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8 1/4 x 5.5


Alkiviadis C. Calivas

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