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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Staniloae's Dogmatics: Volume III

Several scholars have suggested that the premier Romanian Orthodox theologian of the twentieth century was and remains Dumitru Staniloae, author of many books on a variety of topics. Slowly his multi-volume dogmatics has been making its way into English translation, and Holy Cross Press, just last month, has brought out the third volume:

Dumitru Staniloae, The Experience of God: Orthodox Dogmatic Theology, vol. 3, The Person of Jesus Christ as God and Savior, ed. Ioan Ionita and Patr. Daniel  (Holy Cross Press, 2011),182pp.

In his preface, the well-known theologian Andrew Louth tells us about this book:

"In this, the third volume of The Experience of God, Fr. Dumitru Staniloae's Orthodox Dogmatic Theology (the third half-volume of the Romanian original), we find his treatment of Christology, of the Person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ. At first sight, it seems a very traditional treatment - biblical witness of both the Old and New Testaments, the patristic witness, the theology of the Incarnation, and then a treatment of Christ's work as Prophet, Priest, and King - but the traditional structure...disguises an account of Christ that, though certainly deeply traditional and Orthodox, is challening and even revolutionary in its approach."

I look forward to seeing this reviewed in Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies. 

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