This is an absolutely radical approach by an Orthodox metropolitan of many contemporary challenges to the Christian faith. I do not think there are many theologians in the East who dare to speak so openly about these matters.
In May 2009, Bradley Nassif, Professor of Theology at North Park University in Chicago visited Romania for the launch of the Romanian translation of the book Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism (J. Stamoolis, (gen. ed.), Grand Rapids, Mi.: Zondervan, 2006), which took place at the University of Cluj. During that visit, Dr. Nassif told me about an Orthodox project that might benefit from any potential support I could provide through the budget I was managing as part of my World Vision responsibilities for the Middle East & Eastern Europe Region, as Director for Faith in Development. The project, formally initiated in June 2004 at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies (IOCS) in Cambridge, under the leadership of Professor David Frost, later Principal of the college, was called THE WAY (it took its name from the earliest term by which followers of Christ referred to themselves), and aimed ‘to teach basic Orthodox Christianity as a journey of life, centred on Christ, in terms that communicate to a secular and largely pagan world’. Continue reading “The Story of My Involvement with THE WAY – An Introduction to Orthodox Christianity”
About five years ago, in the summer of 2009, together with my friends at Casa cartii Publishers, and Fr. Stelian Tofana, my friend and key partner in the Evangelical-Orthodox dialogue, I was involved in the launch of the Romanian translation of the book Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism, published by Zondervan in 2004. Our special guest for the event, hosted by the University in Cluj, was Dr. Bradley Nassif, one of the authors of the book. During this visit to Romania, my friend Brad asked me if I am interested to contribute from my Word Vision budget to finalising a very interesting project called The Way, an adult Orthodox catechism programme using the methodology tested successfully by the Alpha Course. This was a seven years initiative of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies (IOCS) in Cambridge, but it came to a halt, because of financial problems.
After a visit in Cambridge, where I met with the drafting committee led by Dr. David Frost, and a courtesy visit with Metr. Kallistos Ware in Oxford, after I have received the approval of the people I report to in World Vision, I have decided to fund the final stage of this project. Continue reading “The Way – An Orthodox Adult Catechism”
“Calea” este un nou catehism ortodox care a fost creat de Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge, Marea Britanie. El foloseste metodologia creata de cunoscutul curs Alpha, dar continutul este in intregime ortodox.
Echipa care a lucrat timp de peste 7 ani la realizarea acestui program a fost condusa de decanul IOCS, Dr. David Frost. Proiectul are binecuvintarea episcopilor ortodocsi din Marea Britanie si a fost realizat sub autoritatea spirituala a IPS Mitropolit Kallistos Ware. Continue reading “Calea – un nou catehism ortodox”
I am delighted to be able to say, at last, that production of THE WAY course is now sufficiently advanced for us to feel confident that we can launch the course in the first week of October 2010, with a hope of copies being available earlier, toward the end of September. Continue reading “First Notice of the Launch of THE WAY”
In May 2009, when we launched in Cluj the Romanian translation of Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism (Ortodoxie si evanghelism. Trei perspective – which is already sold out and we hope to be able to publish some time in the near future a second edition), Bradley Nassif, one of the authors of that book spoke to me for the first time about The Way, asking if there is any way I could help with this project, which was for some time in financial difficulties. Continue reading “The Way”
Ilustraţia de mai sus prezintă cât se poate de exact impresia
pe care mi-o face atitudinea reflectată de textul lui Paul Dan
Paul Dan a publicat recent pe noul lui blog un text în care analizează, din perspectiva lui particulară, teologia mistică ortodoxă, pe care o socoteşte eretică şi periculoasă pentru creştinii care au respect pentru Sfânta Scriptură. În acest text, şi aparent fără prea mare legătură cu acesta, autorul etichetează pe scurt şi fără argumente, concepţiile teologice a trei evanghelici români care au obţinut doctorate la universităţi din Marea Britanie, pe teme legate de teologia ortodoxă. Această secţiune din textul lui formează obiectul răspunsului meu. Înainte însă de a intra în subiect, vreau să precizez câteva lucruri.