Symposium: Patristic Doctrine of the Church (2012)

The Second Annual Symposium in Honor of Fr. Florovsky:
The Body of the Living Christ: The Patristic Doctrine of the Church

Princeton University & Princeton Theological Seminary
Friday, February 10, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. to Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.

Inspired by Fr. Georges Florovsky’s well known essay, “Le corps du Christ vivant: Une interpre?tation orthodoxe de lÕE?glise,” as well as Florovsky’s many other writings on this topic, we will examine the doctrine of the Church in some of the same authorities upon which Florovsky relied: St. Irenaeus of Lyon, St. John Chrysostom, St. Augustine, St. Maximus the Confessor, and others. We will also look at Fr. Florovsky’s own writings on the Church, as well as those of the great Romanian theologian, Fr. Dumitru Staniloae. This symposium is organized by the Fr. Georges Florovsky Orthodox Christian Theological Society at Princeton University and the School of Christian Vocation and Mission at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Featured Speakers

His Grace Bishop Maxim

Bishop Maxim oversees the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America. He is also Associate Professor of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Belgrade and serves as the editor of Theology, the faculty’s journal. His Grace will deliver the keynote address on St. Maximos the Confessor.

Fr. John Behr is the Dean of St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theogical Seminary and Professor of Patristics, as well as the Distinguished Lecturer in Patristics at Fordham University. Fr. John’s many publications include two books and several articles on St. Irenaeus of Lyon, about whom he will be speaking at the symposium.

Fr. Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J. is Professor of Theology at Fordham University and the editor of Traditio, an international, scholarly journal. Fr. Lienhard’s many publications include several on St. Augustine, about whom he will be speaking.

Dr. David Wagschal is Assistant Professor of Church History and Canon Law at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. His doctoral dissertation and several of his articles focus on late antique canon law, about which he will be speaking

Dr. Edith Humphrey is the William F. Orr Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She is the author of numerous articles on the literary and rhetorical study of the Bible and has also written five books. She will be lecturing on the Church in St. Paul and his patristic interpreters.

Fr. Calinic Berger is pastor of Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Hermitage, Pennsylvania. His doctoral dissertation and publications have focused on the theology of Fr. Dumitru Staniloae, about whom he will be speaking at the symposium.

Matthew J. Baker is a Ph.D. student at Fordham University. His research and recent articles have focused on the thought of Fr. Florovsky, about whom he will be speaking at the symposium.

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