rss_2.0Review of Ecumenical Studies Sibiu FeedSciendo RSS Feed for Review of Ecumenical Studies Sibiu of Ecumenical Studies Sibiu 's Cover as Transformation of the Heart: Guardini’s Existential Interpretation of Augustine’s<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>This paper studies Guardini’s perception of Augustine, especially in his two widely unknown books on Confessions: Die Bekehrung des heiligen Aurelius Augustinus (1935), and Anfang (1944), which are contrasted by the recently published Guardini lectures: Ewigkeit und Geschichte (1955/56 and 1961/62). The author discusses Guardini’s emphasis and fascination with Augustine’s conversion (cf. Conf. VIII), as it was relevant for his existential theology. Additionally, the text explores the Augustinian perception of the phenomenon of conversion by studying the passage from In evangelium Ioannis tractatus 53 (John 12:40), where Augustine delivers a beautiful synthesis about the conversion of the heart through grace: “Conversio gratia est” (Aug., In Io. tr. 53.11). It is hoped this study will evaluate Guardini’s doctrine about the conversion of the heart using the concrete example of Augustine and also replenish and enrich his interpretation by contrasting it to the broader Augustinian corpus.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2021-05-29T00:00:00.000+00:00Doing Orthodox Political Theology Today Insights from the Document (2020)<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>The document titled For the Life of the World: Toward a Social Ethos of the Ortho dox Church, authored by a special commission of Orthodox scholars appointed by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is a document that can be definitely understood as a political manifesto of Eastern Orthodoxy for the 21<sup>st</sup> century, namely for this period of history and not for a by-gone historical setting or a Christian utopia (either the Byzantine Empire or Holy Russia), a period of time with urgent problems and challenges that call for our attention. Therefore, bringing to the fore the personalist anthropological view inherent in the document itself, an attempt has been made in the text to critically reflect and highlight certain relevant aspects of the document (a positive reception of liberal democracy, human rights language, solidarity to the poor, etc.). The goal is to show how theologically important this document is for the Church witness to our pluralistic world.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2021-05-29T00:00:00.000+00:00Laura Ganea (ed.), [], Bucureşti, Editura Universităţii din Bucureşti 2019, 326 p., ISBN: 978-606-16-1070-9 Dialogue and Today’s Orthodoxy, from Confrontation to Dialogue<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>Orthodoxy has a long experience of cohabitation with other religions and Christian denominations. However, this experience has not always been a peaceful and easy one, especially when molded by the rise of nationalism during the second half of the 19<sup>th</sup> century and global geopolitical forces throughout the 20<sup>th</sup> century. A series of historical events, from Russia to the Middle East, from the Balkans to Central Europe, have shaped the Orthodox relationship to religious pluralism, redefining the religious landscape through movement of populations and migrations. These many conflicts and historical events have proved the multifaceted reality of Orthodoxy, from its role as a state religion, such as in Greece, and a majority religion, such as in Russia, to a minority religion with limited rights, such as in Turkey, or, more generally speaking, in the Middle East. It is in this very complex context that interfaith relations unfold, too often in a very violent and traumatic way.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2021-05-29T00:00:00.000+00:00Bincy Mathew, , WUNT 2/464, Verlag Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2018, 516 S., ISBN: 978-3-16-155145-1 Wünsch, Wachtendonk, Edition Hagia Sophia 2020, 394 S., ISBN: 978-3-96321-007-5 Bridges between Orthodox and Catholic Sides: Comparison between of Pope Francis and Signed by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>A large part of Christians in the world have been involved in social topics by these two pastoral documents released by the Holy See and the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Both documents bear the mark of the two Church Primates, Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew who inspired them and who had already shown interest in themes such as human life, social theology, climate and ecumenism. This essay aims to offer an ecumenical common reading of the two recent documents, Fratelli Tutti and For the Life of the World. Toward a Social Ethos of the Ortho dox Church, considering the pastoral work of the two signatory Primates as authentic ecumenical bridges within the Christian world.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2021-05-29T00:00:00.000+00:00Father Professor BORIS BOBRINSKOY (1925-2020): A Theologian of the Spiritual Experience or Diplomacy? , Islam and the Patristic Approach<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>In their writings on Islam, John Damascene and Theodore Abu Qurrah, both authoritative patristic saints of the Orthodox Church, took an apologetic and polemic stand in defence of the Christian truth. In the modern interreligious discourse, however, the approach to Islam is rather diplomatic, concentrating on universal human values and common aspects of religions. How does the document For the Life of the World operate in this tension? In general, it aims to build on patristic argumentation, but the approach to Islam is most positive and all-embracing, welcoming the “beauty and truths” of Islam and stressing the “common roots,” while the patristic views on Islam are silenced. The discrepancy may arouse questions on the sincerity and coherence of the modern approach in relation to the patristic tradition. This reflects wider challenges in the modern theology of the Church: how to find a discursive position in the tension between the defence of truth, characteristic for the patristic thought, and the “diplomatic” language of the modern interreligious encounters.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2021-05-29T00:00:00.000+00:00Editorial RES 1/2021 Bănică, [, and . Studies on the Culture and the Religion of the Roma], Iaşi, Polirom 2019, 468p., ISBN: 9789734655786 [For the Life of the World: Toward a Social Ethos of the Orthodox Church], Revelatio. Theologia socialis, introd. David Bentley Hart and John Chryssavgis, trans. Viorel Coman and Petre Maican, Oradea, Ratio et Revelatio Publishing House 2020, 140 p., ISBN: 978-606-9659-07-6 Š. Širka, , Eugene, Oregon, Pickwick Publications 2020, 214 p., ISBN: 978-1-5326-7807-3 Nantsou and Nikolaos Asproulis (eds.), , Athens & Volos, WWF Greece & Volos Academy Publications 2021, 129 p., ISBN: 978-618-5375-11-9 Memoriam: Professor JAMES D. G. DUNN, FBA, DD (1939-2020) Reviews: Zachary B. Smith, Apophthegmata Patrum , Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia 80, Turnhout, Brepols 2017, 327 p., ISBN: 978-2-503-57888-0 André Scrima Fellowships, 2017-2021 Tzamalikos, , Vol. I and II, Arbeiten zur Kirchengeschichte 128/I and 128/II, Berlin–Boston, De Gruyter 2016, XIX + IX + 1793 p., ISBN: 978-3-11-041946-7 of Father Andrei Scrima’s Ecumenical Activity as Reflected in File No. 0005468 from the “Securitate” Archives<abstract><title style='display:none'>Abstract</title><p>The Romanian Archimandrite Andrei Scrima was an important worldwide theological personality. His activity as a kind of ambassador of the Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras to the Second Vatican Council, together with his publications, conferences and activity as a professor, transformed him into a voice that was almost always trusted. His attitudes and speeches that criticized the Romanian Communist regime made him also to be seen as an enemy by Bucharest’s government. In this context, the Securitate was interested in his ecumenical activity and in his ideas regarding the ecumenism and the potential role of the Romanian Orthodox Church there, trying also to see if his theological ideas were related to the political world and contained criticisms of the dictatorial regime or its relationship with the Church. In this paper, we will describe how his ecumenical activity is described in the Securitate Archives. Due to the fact that file no. 00005468 contains the most important information regarding this topic, the main references cited in the paper are extracted from this source.</p></abstract>ARTICLE2021-01-29T00:00:00.000+00:00Father André Scrima – A New Kind of Fool for Christ<abstract><title style='display:none'>Abstract</title><p>The complex and often puzzling personality of Father André Scrima was misapprehended for a long time. This article discusses the reasons for such a misapprehension and others some possible explanations for his paradoxical behaviour. An overview of the reception of Father Scrima’s life and works shows a dynamic at work that can only generate optimism. His participation in the Burning Bush group at the Antim monastery in Bucharest was one of the most important formative experiences, where a wide cultural and scientific perspective was fused with an in-depth religious experience. Father Scrima may be better understood if we consider him the #rst of a new kind of fools for Christ, a kind that is well-equipped to face the challenges of tomorrow.</p></abstract>ARTICLE2021-01-29T00:00:00.000+00:00en-us-1