Symbolic and Fundamental Dogmatic Theology (III)

Course Code: TP401 • Study year: IV • Academic Year: 2024-2025
Domain: Theology • Field of study: Pastoral Orthodox Theology
Type of course: Compulsory
Language of instruction: Romanian
Erasmus Language of instruction: English
Name of lecturer: Mihai Himcinschi
Seminar tutor: Razvan Brudiu
Form of education Full-time
Form of instruction: Lecture
Number of teaching hours per semester: 42
Number of teaching hours per week: 3
Semester: Autumn
Form of receiving a credit for a course: Grade
Number of ECTS credits allocated 4

Course aims:

to know and is able to apply the concept of dogma;
to know and is able to explain the differences between the Orthodox dogmas and the dogmas belonging to the other Christian confessions;
to know the specific characteristics of the Orthodox dogmatics;
to define and explains the general evolution of the dogmas;
to apply the rules of an organized and efficient work, and manifest a responsible attitude toward the didactical-scientific domain, in order to creatively exploit his own potential, observing, in the same time, the principles and norms of professional ethics.

Course Entry Requirements:


Course contents:

1. The Person of the Holy Ghost in the Salvation’s Act, 2. The Divine Grace and Its Characteristics, 3. The Report between Grace and Nature: Catholic Theories, the Protestant Doctrine, 4. The Subjective Salvation: the Correction, 5. The Faith and the Good Deeds, 6. The Church’s Being, 7. The Church’ Characteristics, 8. The Church’s Hierarchy, 9. The Confessional Differences Regarding the Church, 10. The Being of the Holy Mysteries: Sign, Symbol, Sacrament, Mysterion, 11. The Instituting, 12. The Celebrant and the Validity of the Holy Mysteries, 13. The Mystery of the Holy Baptism, 14. The Anointment with the Holy Chrism.

Teaching methods:

Lecture, exemplification, conversation, debate

Learning outcomes:

critical reading skills on bibliographic sources and ability to initiate own research

Learning outcomes verification and assessment criteria:

Written paper-interpretative essay – 40%. Frontal evaluation/ Oral exam: 60%

Recommended reading:

George Remete, Dogmatica Ortodoxă, Reîntregirea Publishing House, Alba Iulia, 2007, x.
Ierotheos Vlahos, Dogmatica empirică după învățăturile prin viu grai ale părintelui Ioannis Romanidis, Doxologia Publishing House, Iași, 2015, x.
Dumitru Stăniloae, Teologia Dogmatică Ortodoxă, vol 1, 2, 3., Institutul Biblic de Misiune al Bisericii Ortodoxe Române Publishing House, București, 2003, x.
Cristinel Ioja, O istorie a Dogmaticii în Teologia Ortodoxă Română, Pro Universitaria Publishing House, Arad, 2013, x.
Dumitru Popescu, Iisus Hristos Pantocrator, Institututl Biblic și de Misiune al Bisericii Ortodoxe Române, București, 2005, x.