Book Notes: Modern Orthodox Thinkers, chapters 13-14

Myrtle Skete

Modern Orthodox ThinkersChapter 13 is on Liturgical theology: Schmemann, Foundouis, Fr Vasileioos

To reread: Schmemann, For the Life of the World

Chapter 14 is on Theology of Patristic Renewal: Zizioulas and Romanides

On Zizioulas:
the author acknowledges the importance of his input, but he also strongly highlights the ambiguities of his doctrine.

On Romanides:
NB: Romanides “is opposed to an Anselmian doctrine of the atonement” (p.227).
“his position [in his doctrinal dissertation] can be seen pre-eminently as an example of the kind of neo-patristic synthesis that Florovsky regarded as the only future for Orthodox theology”, (p.227)

“For Fr Romanides, theology is not about concepts, but about experience…
What is wrong with Anselm’s idea of faith seeking understanding [fides quaerens intellectum] is that this seems to Romanides a complete digression. Faith seeks God, and finds fulfilment in an experience of God, of union with him. Romanides is fully behind St…

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