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					                 7220/3WJB “History & Faith of a Selected Church Tradition:
              THE PRINCIPLE BELIEFS OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH
                                                         2010)
                                                 (Spring 2010)
Instructor: J. Buciora
Phone: 416-3733
Email: buciora@shaw.ca
May 17-May 21, 2010
Hours: 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.

Syllabus
This course will present a systematic examination of the basic doctrine of the Orthodox Church as it is presented by
contemporary theologians. The main focus shall be on the subject of Christology, Soteriology, Pneumatology, and
Ecclesiology as it is expressed in the life of the Orthodox Church.

Objectives
         -To explore basic doctrinal teachings of the Orthodox Church
         -To familiarize with fundamental principles on the Triune God, Salvation, and Church existence
         -To gain general understanding of the Orthodox Church as she relates to the world

Evaluation
         -Attendance and class participation: 20%
         -Critical Book Review (selection to be discussed with instructor): 20%
         -To lead an in-class seminar discussion (to be discussed with instructor): 20%
         -Research Paper (to be discussed with instructor): 40%

Requirements
         -Attendance at classes
         -Active participation in discussion
         -Required readings before each class
         -Completion of all assignments
         -Research paper (10-15 pages)

Required Texts
         John Meyendorff, Byzantine Theology. Historical Trends and Doctrinal Themes, (New York, 1979)
         Dumitru Staniloae, Theology and the Church, (Crestwood, New York, 1980)
         John Zizioulas, Being as Communion, (Crestwood, New York, 1988)

         (Additional reading will be provided for each unit)
                                            SYLLABUS
MONDAY, MAY 17, 2010
INTRODUCTION, HOLY TRADITION, SOURCE OF THE ORTHODOX FAITH

             Reading:
                    Timothy Ware, The Orthodox Church, pp. 195-207
                    Thomas Hopko, The Orthodox Faith, vol. I, pp. 7-31
                    Emmanuel Claspsis, Prolegomena to Orthodox Dogmatics: Bible and
                    Tradition (an article)
                    Thomas Hopko, The Bible in the Orthodox Church, in: SVTQ 14(1970)1-2
                    Thomas Hopko, Criteria of Truth in Orthodox Theology, in: SVTQ 15(1971)3
                    George D. Dragas, Our Faith and Sacred Tradition: The Pan-Orthodox
                    Understanding of the Term: Diaspora (an article)
                    Nijos A. Nissiotis, The Unity of Scripture and Tradition (an article)
                    Veselin Kesich, The Orthodox Church and Biblical Interpretation,
                    in: SVTQ 37(1993)4
                    Veselin Kesich, Criticism, the Gospel, and the Church, in: SVSQ 10(1966)3
                    Kallistos Ware, Tradition and Traditions, in: Dictionary of the Ecumenical
                    Movement, ed. By Nicholas Lossky, Jose Miguez Bonino, John Pobee, Tom
                    Stransky, Geoffrey Wainwright, Pauline Webb, (Geneva, WCC Publications,
                    1991)
                    John Meyendorff, Byzantine Theology: Historical Trends and Doctrinal Themes,
                    (New York, Fortham, 1983), pp. 1-18
                    Georges Florovsky, “The Function of Tradition in the Ancient Church”,
                    in: GOTR 9(1963)2
                    Georges Florovsky, Scripture and Tradition: An Orthodox Point of View
                    (an article)
                    Georges Florovsky, On Church and Tradition: An Orthodox View (an article)
                    Kallistos Ware, Reading the Bible With Obedience (an article)
                    Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos, Holy Tradition: a source of faith (an article)
                    Theodore G. Stylianopoulos, Tradition in the New Testament, in:
                    GOTR 15(1970)
                    Andrew Louth, Inspiration of the Scriptures, in: Sobornost, vol. 31:1(2009)
                    John Behr, Scripture, the Gospel, and Orthodoxy, in: SVTQ 43(1999)3-4
                    Fr. John Breck, Orthodox Principles of Biblical Interpretation,
                    in: SVTQ 40(1996)1-2
                    Rev, Georges Florovsky, The Function of Tradition in the Ancient Church,
                     in: GOTR IX(1963-64)2
                    John Kaloghirou, Sacred Tradition: Its Sources and Its task in the Church,
                    in: GOTR XI(1965)1

TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010
GOD AND HUMANKIND, CHRISTOLOGY, PNEUMATOLOGY AND FILIOQUE

             Reading:
                    Timothy Ware, The Orthodox Church, pp. 208-238
                    Thomas Hopko, The Orthodox Faith, vol. I, pp. 40-142
                    Kallistos of Diokleia, The Human Person as an Icon of the Trinity,
in: Sobornost 8(1986)2
D.W. Allen, The Mystery of Man and the Mystery of Mary (an article)
Metropolitan Anthony, Body and Matter in Spiritual Life (an article)
Thomas Hopko, The Trinity. The Trinity in the Cappadocians, in: Christian
Spirituality. Origins to the Twelfth Century, ed. By Bernard McGinn and John
Meyendorff, (New York, Crossroad, 1985)
Veselin Kesich, The Biblical Understanding of Man, in: GOTR 20(1975)1-2
Vladimir Lossky, “Aphophasis and Trinitarian Theology”, in his book: In the
Image and Likeness of God, (New York, 1974), pp. 13-29
Nikos Nissiotis, “The Importance of the Doctrine of the Trinity for Church Life
and Theology”, in: Orthodox Ethos, vol. I, ed. By Phillipou, (Oxford, 1964),
pp. 32-69
Kallistos of Diokleia, “The Human Person as an Icon of the Trinity”,
in: Sobornost 20(1986), pp. 6-22
Kallistos Ware, The Mystery of God and Man in St. Symeon the New Theologian,
in: Sobornost 6(1972)4
Christos Yannaras, Elements of Faith, pp. 20-36
John D. Zizioulas, Human Capacity and Human Icapacity: A Theological
Exploration of Personhood, in: Scottish Journal of Theology XXVIII(1975)5
John D. Zizioulas, On Being a Person. Towards an Ontology of Personhood
(an article)
John Meyendorff, Byzantine Theology: Historical Trends and Doctrinal Themes,
pp.138-150
G. Florovsky, “The Christological Dogma and its Terminology”,
in: Greek Orthodox Theological Review 13(1968), pp. 190-195
J. Meyendorff, “Christ’s Humanity: The Paschal Mystery”, in: St. Vladimir’s
Theological Quarterly 31(1987), pp. 4-40
Stuart G. Hall, Doctrine and Practice in the Early Church (Grand Rapids,
Michigan, 1991), pp. 137-172; 211-245
D. Staniloae, “The Christology of the Ecumenical Synods”, in: Ekklesiastikos
Faros 58(1976), pp. 130-137
John Karmires, “The Christological Dogma in Orthodox Worship” in: Greek
Orthodox Theological Review 13(1968), pp. 241-257
John Romanides, “The Christological Teaching of St. John of Damascus”,
in: Ekklesiastikos Faros 58(1976), pp. 232-269
Richard A. Norris, The Christological Controversy, (Philadelphia: Fortress Press,
1980), pp. 81-101; 155-159
John Breck, “The Lord is the Spirit – A Christological Pneumatology”, in: Come
Holy Spirit Renew the Whole Creation, ed. Gennadios Limouris (Brookline,
Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 1990), pp. 57-67
John Meyendorff, “The Theology of the Holy Spirit”, in: Catholicity and the
Church (New York, 1983), pp. 15-29
Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Consultation in Come Holy Spirit –
Renew the Wholy Creation: An Orthodox Approach, The Repport, in: Come Holy
Spirit Renew the Whole Creation, ed. Gennadios Limouris (Brookline, Holy
Cross Orthodox Press, 1990), pp. 36-53
T. Stylianopoulos, “The Ortrhodox Position on the Filioque”, in: Concilium
128(1979), pp. 23-30
J. Romanides, “The Filioque”, in: Franks, Romans, Feudalism and Doctrine – An
Interplay Between Theology and Society (Mass., 1981), pp. 60-98
WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2010
INCARNATION, REDEMPTION, SALVATION, AND MARIOLOGY (THEOTOKOS)

             Reading:
                    G. Florovsky, “Cur Deus Homo” The Motive for the Incarnation”, in his book:
                    Creation and Redemption (Mass., 1976), pp. 163-170
                    P. Trempelas, “The Doctrine of the Incarnation of the Logos”,
                    in: Greek Orthodox Theological Review 3(1957), pp. 61-69
                    Richard A. Norris, The Christological Controversy, (Philadelphia: Fortress Press,
                    1980), pp. 49-60; 73-81
                    Archbishop Basil, “Christ Redemptive Work on the Cross and the Resurrection”,
                    in: Sobornost series 6.7(1973), pp. 443-458
                    V. Lossky, “Redemption and Deification”, in his book: In the Image and
                    Likeness of God (New York, 1974), pp. 97-109
                    J. Meyendorff, “New Life in Christ: Salvation in Orthodox Theology”,
                    in: Theological Studies 50(1989), pp. 97-109
                    PaulS. Fiddes, Past and Present Salvation, (Louisville, Kentucky, 1989), pp. 3-5
                    Nikos Nissiotis, “Mary in Orthodox Theology”, in: Concilium 168(1983),
                    pp. 25-39
                    Kallistos Ware, “The Mother of God in Orthodox Theology”, in: Mary’s Place in
                    Christian Dialoque, edit. Alberec Stacpool (Con., 1982), pp. 169-181


THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2010
ESCHATOLOGY, ECCLESIOLOGY

             Reading:
                    N. Afanasiev, “Come Lord Jesus! The Problem of Eschatology and History”,
                    in: St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 1/4(1957), pp. 5-15
                    Alex Kniazeff, “The Great Sign of the Heavenly Kingdom and its Advent in
                    Strenth”, in: St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 13(1963), pp. 4-40
                    Petros Vassiliadis, Apocalypse and Liturgy, in: SVTQ 41(1997)2-3
                    John Anthony McGuckin, Eschaton and Kerygma: The Future of the Past in the
                    Present Kairos, in: SVTQ 42(1998)3-4
                    J. M.R. Tillard, The Church of Churches: The Ecclesiology of Communion
                    (Collegeville, Minnessota, 1992), pp. 1-82
                    Georges Dragas, “Orthodox Ecclesiology in Outline”, in: Greek Orthodox
                    Theological Review 26(1981), pp. 185-192
                    G. Florovsky, “The Church: her nature and task”, in: Bible, Church, Tradition:
                    An Eastern Orthodox Review, pp. 57-72
                    J. Zizioulas, “Eucharist and Catholicity”, in his book: Being as Communion
                    (Crestwood, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1985), pp. 143-169
FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010
APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION, AUTHORITY, CONCILIARITY, LOCAL CHURCH, ECUMENISM

             Reading:
                    J. Zizioulas, “Apostolic Continuity and Succession”, in his book: Being as
                    Communion (Crestwood, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1985), pp. 171-246
                    Emmanuel Clapsis, “The Holy Spirit in the Church”, in: Come Holy Spirit
                    Renew the Whole Creation, ed. Gennadios Limouris (Brookline, Holy Cross
                    Orthodox Press, 1990), pp. 158-170
                    G. Florovsky, “The Authority of the Ancient Councils and the Tradition of the
                    Farhers”, in: Bible, Church and Tradition (Mass., 1972)
                    B. Bobrinskoy, “How does the Church Remain in Truth?”,
                    in: Concilium 148(1981), pp. 18-22
                    S. Harakas, “The Local Church” in: The Ecumenical Review 29(1977)
                    pp. 141-153
                    J. Zizioulas, “The Local Church in a Perspective of Communion”, in his book:
                    Being as Communion (Crestwood, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1985), pp.
                    247-260
                    Emmanuel Clapsis, “The Boundaries of the Church: An Orthodox Debate”,
                    in: Greek Orthodox Theological Review 35(1990), pp. 113-127
                    George Khodr, “The Economy of the Holy Spirit”, in: The Orthodox Church in
                    the Ecumenical Movement, ed. C. Patelos (Geneva, 1978), pp. 297-307
                    A. Schmemann, “Unity, Division, Reunion in the Light of Orthodox
                    Ecclesiology, in: Theologia 22(1951)
                    Kallistos Ware, “Church and Eucharist, Communion and Intercommunion”,
                    in: Sobornost 7:7(1978), pp. 550-567

				
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