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Theology and the Church

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Author: Dumitru Staniloae

Format: Paperback

Pages: 240

Professional theologians have long recognised Fr Dumitru Staniloae as the most influential and creative Romanian theologian of the twentieth century. A pioneer in his country's religious renaissance, he fought for more than half a century to free theolgoy from a routine scholasticism, and spirituality fromo mere sentimentality. Yet in the west, Staniloae was know more by reputation than by his writings themselves, which for the most part appeared only in Romanian. This English translation made his work available to a wider audience for the first time.

In a fresh and masterly synthesis, rooted in the tradition of the Greek Fathers yet open to the legitimate concerns of contemporary Christian thought, Staniloae gives a dynamic presentation of the Orthodox doctrine of the Trinity as the basis of ecclesiology and anthropology. He assumes into a balanced theological framwork the totality of creation, the world and human culture, by referring it to its ultimate goal: restoration and transfiguration.

Staniloae's approach provides new insights into the relationship between Orthodoxy and Western Christianity as well. In a strikingly positive way he presents the truths of the Orthodox faith as a liberating solution for all rather than as a judgement upon others.

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