What Is Theology: An Orthodox Methodology [Paperback]

Jean-Claude Larchet (Author); Michael Lomax (Translator)

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ISBN: 9781942699514 | Published by: Holy Trinity Seminary Press | Year of Publication: 2023 | Language: English 144p, H216 x W140 (mm)
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What Is Theology

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Orthodox theology is intimately linked to spiritual experience:it has a very different meaning to the present usage of this word coming from academia. The scientific methods developed in the West since the seventeenth century can of of benefit in many regards, but without strong roots in the Orthodox tradition theology risks being "eaten up" by the human sciences.

These roots are in the mystical tradition of the Church as passed down from the the beginning and expressed in the lives of saints, iconography etc. Thus this work has both a theoretical and a practical scope, of relevance to all Christians.

Table of Contents

Foreword

INTRODUCTION

Chapter I. THEOLOGY:  ORIGINAL NATURE, SUBSEQUENT EVOLUTIONS AND SHAPES

  1. Theology in its most elevated sense: mystical theology
  2. The practice of theology in the Church: catechetical, apologetic and doxological theology
  3. The birth and development of speculative theology
  4. The conditions for practicing theology in an Orthodox setting
  5. The birth and development of academic theology
Chapter II. THE USEFULNESS OF SCIENTIFIC METHODS IN THEOLOGY

  1. Bibliographic research
  2. The critical editions of texts and their use
  3. Historical criticism
  4. The use of references (precise and exact)
  5. Rational argumentation
Chapter III.  DOGMATIC THEOLOGY 

Chapter IV. SACRED SCRIPTURE AND ITS EXEGESIS

  1. The status of Sacred Scripture in the Orthodox tradition
  2. The deleterious character of modern Protestant exegesis and Catholic exegesis
  3. Principles of Orthodox exegesis
Chapter V. PATROLOGY

  1. The essential place of patrology in the teaching of Orthodox theology
  2. The importance of knowledge of the Fathers in theological knowledge and understanding
  3. The need for reference to the Fathers in the practice of theology
  4. On the proper use of the Fathers in the practice of theology
  5. Thinking in the spirit of the Fathers
  6. The continuing relevance of the Fathers today
  7. Studying the Fathers in their works and not in the commentaries on them
  8. Methodology of patristic studies in the field of research
 Chapter VI. CHURCH HISTORY

Chapter VII. MORAL THEOLOGY AND BIOETHICS

  1. Moral theology
  2. Bioethics
Chapter  VIII. HAGIOLOGY

Chapter  IX. ICONOLOGY

Chapter  X. STUDY OF THE CANONS

Chapter  XI. PASTORAL THEOLOGY AND HOMILETICS

Conclusion

Notes

Index

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