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Encounter Between Eastern Orthodoxy and Radical Orthodoxy
Transfiguring the World Through the Word

ISBN 9781138259706
Published November 10, 2016 by Routledge
314 Pages

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Book Description

This book presents the first debate between the contemporary movement Radical Orthodoxy and Eastern Orthodox theologians. Leading international scholars offer new insights and reflections on a wide range of contemporary issues from a specifically theological and philosophical perspective. The ancient notion of divine Wisdom (Sophia) serves as a common point of reference in this encounter. Both Radical and Eastern Orthodoxy agree that the transfiguration of the world through the Word is at the very centre of the Christian faith. The book explores how this process of transformation can be envisaged with regard to epistemological, ontological, aesthetical, ecclesiological and political questions. Contributors to this volume include Rowan Williams, John Milbank, Antoine Arjakovsky, Michael Northcott, Nicholas Loudovikos, Andrew Louth and Catherine Pickstock.



Adrian Pabst is a Leverhulme Research Fellow at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies in the University of Nottingham, UK. Christoph Schneider is a temporary Research Assistant at the University of Bern, Switzerland.


This excellent collection surprises at many turns. It offers not only a unique perspective onto a theological dialogue so far unheard, it also opens up new avenues in theological conversation for both participants - the Radically Orthodox and members of the Eastern Orthodox family. Radical Orthodoxy is pushed to articulate a theology of tradition and to locate its own theology of participation within the Patristic patrimony far more deeply than before; the Eastern Orthodox are pushed toward a re-engagment with Bulgakov and the theosophical tradition so attractive to the Radically Orthodox. There is much here for all interested in the future of serious theological dialogue. Lewis Ayres, Candler School of Theology, Emory University This is a stimulating and fruitful exchange between Eastern Orthodoxy and Radical Orthodoxy by leading scholars of each that both draws upon tradition and opens horizons for the future. Addressing the problems of modernity from their different starting points, the collection offers profound material for reflecting upon our own situation. It deserves a wide readership and will amply repay serious engagement. John Behr, Dean, St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary ’This book has two things to recommend it: the importance of the Eastern Orthodox-Radical Orthodox dialogue which it proposes, and the high quality of the individual contributions. The Eastern Orthodox-Radical Orthodox dialogue promises to enrich contemporary theology and has considerable ecumenical significance.’ Modern Theology 'This is an encouraging, demanding and important book, which brings together two traditions sharing much in common radically and traditionally, with significant divergences. The conversation is robust but courteous: this is an academic disputatio, rather than an ecumenical dialogue. I hope that the conversation will remain ongoing.' Modern Believing