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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Theological Anthropology

Some of the most controverted questions in both Church and society today are anthropological in nature. Two in particular stand out: can women be ordained to the priesthood in the Orthodox Churches, and can same-sex relationships be recognized and affirmed, even considered as "marriages" by Christians? Two new very interesting works from Orthodox scholars have just been published on the topic of theological anthropology:

Nonna Verna Harrison, God's Many-Splendored Image: Theological Anthropology for Christian Formation (Brazos Press, 2010), 224pp.

Her book, with a foreword by Met. Kallistos Ware, will be reviewed by the scholar and Hieromonk Irenei (M.C.) Steenberg, himself author of a recent book in the same area, also with a foreword from Met. Kallistos:

M.C. Steenberg, Of God and Man: Theology as Anthropology from Irenaeus to Athanasius (London/New York: T&T Clark, 2009), xii+208pp.

Steenberg's book, also to be reviewed next year in Logos, is published by T&T Clark (Continuum), which is a very important publisher that has for some time now been putting out a lot of works in theological anthropology--but an enormous number of books in other areas as well. They are also the official English publishers for Met. John Zizioulas's books.

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