Fr. John Savva Romanides was a clergyman and professor of theology who taught another kind of dogmatics, beyond the scholastic rationalist models of his time, which still burden our seminaries today. In this volume of his university lectures we encounter not mere citations from Patristic texts, but an entrance into the Patristic spirit and experience through the Holy Fathers’ relationship with our Triune God in their hearts. Fr. Romanides succeeded in “reformulating” the Patristic teaching, such that we can refer to a “pre-Romanides” period and a “post-Romanides” period in our theological schools. Fr. Romanides helps us understand the interconnection between the history and worship of the Orthodox Church, which is an expression of the experience of the Church and which bears witness to the life in Christ. In his lectures we encounter theology not as independent scholarly knowledge but as closely connected to the believer’s struggle for salvation.
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- 2nd edition
- Preface to the Greek Edition by Fr. George Metallinos
- Preface to the English Edition by Fr. Peter Heers
- New edition includes an "In Memoriam" of Fr. John Romanides by Fr. George Metallinos
About the Author
Protopresbyter John Savvas Romanides was born from a Cappadocian family in 1927. His mother was a very holy woman. However, he was also native USA citizen, his parent having moved to New York. He played football and baseball for Cardinal Hayes High School, Bronx, New York City. He is an alumnus of Hellenic College, Brookline, Mass, The Yale University Divinity School. He taught at the University of Athens School of Theology, the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. All this time, between 1957 to 1968, he was also a parish priest, first appointed to the parish of Newport, New Hampshire in 1958, then in 1959 he was appointed the first priest of St. Athanasios the Great Orthodox Church in Arlington, Massachusetts (which he helped found and organize). Between 1965 and 1968 Father Romanides served as the pastor of Holy Apostles' Parish in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He resigned from Holy Cross in 1965 in protest over the removal of Fr. Georges Florovsky from the faculty by Archbishop Iakovos. He was Professor of Dogmatics at the University of Thessaloniki until 1982 and Visiting Professor at Balamand University, Lebanon, since 1970. From October of 1998 until the day of his death, November 1, 2001, he belonged to the Clergy of the Holy Metropolis of Nafpaktos and St. Vlassios.
- First published: February 2008
- Length (softcover): 232 pages
- Size (softcover): 6 x 9 inches
- ISBN (softcover): 978-1-63941-002-6