What is Orthodoxy? Is it is a religion? What is the essence of Orthodox Tradition? What is theosis? What are the “two kinds of faith” and “two kinds of revelation”? Who is God-inspired, and who is a theologian? Who is spiritually ill and who is healthy? What is “noetic prayer”? What is the difference between Orthodoxy and heresy? What is the essence of God, and what are His energies? These and other such questions are answered in this unique volume of Fr. John Romanides’ university lectures. These talks, originally given in 1983 to college freshmen, are vintage Romanides yet made simple and accessible for the average layman. Patristic Theology is the common man’s “handbook” to Orthodox dogmatic theology and an indispensable volume for every believer’s struggle for salvation.
- 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