An Unconventional Handbook of Orthodox Theology by Rev. Vladan Perisic
Foreword by Fr John Behr
It is a great pleasure to see this work published, making available some of the most important writings of Fr Vladan Perisic over the last couple of decades available, together in one volume, to an English speaking audience. Fr Vladan’s work is well known in Serbia, and in broader academic and ecumenical circles. But it can now receive the much wider readership that it deserves, and, as a collected volume, its scope, coherence, and significance is sure to receive the recognition it deserves. The eighteen essays collected here treat diverse topics, from academic theology (and its place in the Church) to questions of life and death, from historically oriented studies, on Sts Ignatius and Gregory Palamas, to contemporary issues, such as human rights and ecology. Each of them is characterized by meticulous scholarship and great insight, clarity of thought and expression.
While treating diverse topics, there is nevertheless an underlying unifying approach, one that is captured well by the arresting title of this book: Theological Disambiguations. The title, of course, calls to mind the great (and dense) work of St Maximus the Confessor, the Ambigua. It is characteristic that this saint, the most profound theologian among the Fathers, does not attempt to construct an overarching edifice of systematic theology, as has become the practice over the last centuries, but rather explores particular theological points, taking his lead from difficult statements of St Gregory the Theologian, and in doing...
Sebastian Press Publications, which bears the name of the great Orthodox Christian missionary in North America, Archimandrite Sebastian Dabovich, has enriched Christian literature in the English language during the last few years with its valuable translations of the interesting and resourceful works of Serbian and other theologians to English.
Among the authors translated into English are the works of St. Bishop Nikolaj of Zicha (Velimirovic), St. Abba Justin of Celije, Bishop Atanasije Jevtic, Bishop Danilo Krstic, Bishop Ignjatije Midic, Bishop Maxim Vasiljevic, prof. Nenad Milosevic, Fr. Vladan Perisic, Bogoljub Sijakovic, Fr. Radovan Bigovic, and there are also books of significance by Christos Yannaras, John Zizioulas, Archimandrite Emilianos of Simonopetra and Fr. Stamatis Skliris.
This publishing endeavor is of great significance, not merely because contemporary Serbian theological thought is presented to English speaking readers, but because of the fact that the English language is like the old Greek language during the time of Alexander the Great – a means for global communication, conversation, traffic between continents and nations, among people throughout the globe. The fact that many esteemed Orthodox theologians worked and wrote (and still write) in English speaks of the significance of the English language today – the modern koine language or the lingua franca. For example, Bishop Nikolaj Velimirovich, during his mission in Great Britain, wrote and published his works in English at the beginning and mid 20th century. V. Rev. Alexander Schmemann, Fr. Georges Florovsky, Fr. John Meyendorff — coryphées of Orthodox theology, initiators of the Orthodox theological awakening in the 20th century — published their most influential and most famous works in English. Metropolitan John Zizioulas, one of the greatest living theologians today, writes also in English.
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The Dynamic Earth Stamatis Skliris’ Vision of the Past, Present, and Future of American Natural Treasures
As the Star of the East shines and passes through the darkness of our human predicament, it leads us toward the enlightenment of our personal consciousness. Very often though, the light of this Star cannot enter our darkness because it is obstructed by the glitter of illusion, the garments of vanity that prevails in our life. But this glitter cannot shine forever. Eventually, the moment of truth will come, the glitter will be dulled and the darkness of our personal life will be revealed. This is when pain makes itself felt and suffering becomes an unavoidable experience. To combat this pain, we will be driven down to use our human resources, resources that slowly will fade away with time, upon which we will realize our impotence. This is the moment of human truth!
At this difficult moment, the Son of Man will come into our cave which is beset with pain and loneliness, and will reveal the image of God that is in the essence of each person’s soul. As He shows us the love of the Father, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit of Truth, He will revive us with the breath of Life, transforming the hour of our pain and darkness into a time full of joy and brightness. Returning to a life of love and humility, we will participate in an intense relationship with God as children and inheritors of His Kingdom. Dispelling the illusions that we have created, we will live as true and free beings within the eternal truth of God’s divine mysteries.
Those that are not able to recognize this moment of truth, who do not see themselves as children of God, will lack the warmth and joy of extreme humility. The darkness and pain of their existence will be unbearable.