The Testimony of the Orthodox Church in the Contemporary Society

Course Code: SDT102 • Study year: I • Academic Year: 2024-2025
Domain: Theology - Doctorate • Field of study: Doctoral Studies in Theology
Type of course: Compulsory
Language of instruction: Romanian
Erasmus Language of instruction: English
Name of lecturer: Mihai Himcinschi
Seminar tutor: Mihai Himcinschi
Form of education Full-time
Form of instruction: Class
Number of teaching hours per semester: 28
Number of teaching hours per week: 2
Semester: Autumn
Form of receiving a credit for a course: Grade
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6

Course aims:

To formulate the knowledge domain, the paradigms and the present orientations concerning the history of the religions and the comparative theology;
To interpret the data regarding the biographies of these great religious leaders in comparison to the divine-human personality of Christ;
To develop the geopolitical and religious frame in analyzing the diverse religious contexts;
To formulate a history of the interreligious and ecumenical dialogue;
To present in details and to lucidly analyze the historical and doctrinal events, defining to the Christian faith.

Course Entry Requirements:


Course contents:

1. Mission and Dialogue. Necessity and Complementarity, 2. Interreligious Dialogue. History, Evolution, and Perspectives, 3. The Revelation as Foundation of the Interreligious Dialogue, 4. The Christian Missionary Theology and the Religious Pluralism, 5. The Critique of the Interreligious Dialogue, 6. The Monotheistic Interreligious Dialogue, 7. Identity and Openness towards Dialogue, 8. The Judeo-Christian Dialogue, 9. The Islam-Christendom Dialogue, 10. The Stakes of the Monotheistic Interreligious Dialogue, 11. The Interreligious Dialogue as Dialogue of the Theologians, 12. The Interconfessional Dialogue, 13. The Orthodoxy in Dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church, 14. The Orthodoxy in Dialogue with the Protestantism.

Teaching methods:

Lecture, conversation, exemplification, PowerPoint presentation.

Learning outcomes:

critical, selective and systematic attitude towards dogmatic information; ability of applying the principles for understanding a dogmatic document in an appropriate manner, respectively, to take into account all elements involved (socio-cultural, patristic, religious).

Learning outcomes verification and assessment criteria:

Colloquium (heuristic dialogue)-50%; written paper (interpretative essay)-50%.

Recommended reading:

Ron Barkäi, Chrétiens, musulmans et juifs, Les éditions du CERF, Paris, 1994, x.
Jean-Claude Basset, Le dialoque intereligieux, Les éditions du CERF, Paris, 1996, x.
Anastasios Yannoulatos, Ortodoxia și problemele lumii contemporane, Editura Bizantină, București, 2003, x.
Anastasios Yannoulatos, Misiune. Pe urmele lui Hristos, Editura Andreiana, Sibiu, 2013, x.
Ion Bria, Ortodoxia în Europa. Locul spiritualității române,, Editura Mitropoliei Moldovei și Sucevei, Iași, 1995, x.