THE EXPERIENCE OF GOD: ORTHODOX DOGMATIC THEOLOGY VOLUME ONE: REVELATION AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRIUNE GOD BY DUMITRU STANILOAE
The first volume of a multi-volume masterful treatment of Orthodox theology by one of the most outstanding theologians of our day. A very illuminating account of the Orthodox faith dealing with themes of revelation, the church, theology, the knowledge of God, the being of God, and the Holy Trinity.
True and living theology, according to Archpriest Staniloae, faces simultaneously in three directions: towards the past, the present and the future. It is at once apostolic, contemporary and prophetic. Its marks, he states, are “fidelity to the revelation of Christ given in holy Scripture and Tradition,…responsibility for the faithful who are contemporary with the theology as it is being done; openness to the eschatological future.”
These are precisely the features that distinguish Fr. Dumitru's own master-work, his Dogmatic Theology, originally published in Romanian in 1978, and now translated into English. The Experience of God, as the English version is entitiled, is in the first place firmly based upon apostolic tradiitoin as interpreted by the Fathers. But it is at the same time an expression of what Fr. Georges Florovsky used to term “neopatristic synthesis.” The patristic writers are treated by Fr. Dumitru always as contemporaries, as living witnesses whose testimony requires on our side a continual self-examination and rethinking, with present-day concerns in view. Faithful to the past, responsible to the present, The Experience of God is also a prophetic book, open to the future, creative, pointing towards paths as yet unexplored.