Call for Papers: Dumitru Staniloae’s encounter with the West

European Academy of Religion Annual Conference
Bologna, March 4-7 2019

CALL FOR PAPERS

Dumitru Staniloae’s encounter with the West

Proponent: Petre Maican (University of Aberdeen)

Dumitru Staniloae (1903-1993) has been one of the most creative Orthodox theologians of the twentieth century, yet one of the least known. His theological vision is a majestic combination of Florovsky’s’ neopatristic epistemology, philocalic wisdom, and Romanian folkloric elements. Still, Staniloae never shone away from engaging with Western theology and philosophy whether critical or constructive. His theological edifice bears the marks of his encounters with Karl Rahner, Martin Buber, Karl Barth or Paul Tillich. This panel seeks to uncover the significance of these interactions for Staniloae’s thinking. Was Staniloae a faithful reader of Western theology and philosophy? To what extent was he influenced by theological debates in Roman Catholicism or Protestantism, especially Vatican II? How was Staniloae’s interpretation of the Fathers impacted by the trends of Western historical criticism? How did the ecumenical interactions shape his understanding of Orthodox theology?
Language: English
Speakers already selected: Petrea Maican (University of Aberdeen), Viorel Coman (KU Leuven)
Disciplines involved: Theology, Ecclesiology, History, Social Sciences
If you want to submit your paper, please write to petre.maican@gmail.com