Daniel Oprean – Theology of Participation: A Conversation of Traditions

Daniel Oprean – Theology of Particiation: A Conversation of Traditions

I just found out one year later (I have no idea how I missed the annoucement) that Langham Monographs has published the PhD of my friend Daniel Oprean, for which I was one of the supervisors, as it also deals with the theology of Dumitru Staniloae. Another excellent example of dialogical ecumenical theology. Well done, Daniel!

Here is the presentation of the volume as it appears on Amazon:

Baptists in Romania have developed a practice of suspicion when it comes to religious dialogue, especially with the Romanian Orthodox tradition, due to a history that is characterized by oppression. In this detailed study Dr Daniel Oprean paves the way for positive dialogue between the two traditions, highlighting that much can be gained and learned by acknowledging similarities and differences in key aspects of theology.

Dr Oprean explores how existing theological resources can be used to enhance theological discourse between Baptist and Orthodox traditions in Romania through in-depth analysis of the thought of British Baptist theologian, Professor Paul Fiddes, and Romanian Orthodox theologian, Father Dumitru Stăniloae. Oprean in particular looks at their understanding of trinitarian and human participation through perichoresis, the Eucharist, Christian spirituality, and baptism and chrismation. Presented as a conversation between the two traditions this study is a model for how theological and religious dialogue can facilitate reconciliation, not just in the church but also in wider society.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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