Jaroslav Pelikan is undoubtedly on the the most important specialist in church history and historical theology of the last century. As it is well known, Pelikan is a late adherent to Orthodoxy, after living most of his ecclesial life as an ordained minister of the Lutheran Church.
I have written HERE about my meeting with him at Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem.
In the article below, that can be downloaded in PDF format, one of his long-term friends and former colleague, Robert L Wilken, talks about Pelikan’s road to Orthodoxy.
I note here something that may sound very strange for the Romanian readership of this blog. The author of this article is a Lutheran converted to Catholicism and it was published in 2010 in Concordia Theological Quarterly, the theological journal of a Lutheran school, Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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Could you ever imagine such a gracious ecumenical acceptance in any Romanian religious context, be that Catholic, Evangelical or Orthodox? I cannot.
If you want the proof of that, search as deep as you can and I will guarantee that you will not find the slightest reference to my name in any of the institutions I have served in important capacities, since 1990 until now. Here is a list: Fundatia Filocalia, Iasi; Editura Logos, Cluj; Universitatea Emanuel, Oradea; Colegiul Richard Wurmbrand, Iasi. No comment needed, I guess.