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The Experience of God: Orthodox Dogmatic Theology, Volume 6: The Fulfillment of Creation

Dumitru Staniloae
Translated and Edited by Ioan Ionita
Foreword by Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia

Volume 6 of The Experience of God: Orthodox Dogmatic Theology

“With the publication of the sixth volume of The Experience of God, Holy Cross Orthodox Press has brought to completion a project begun in 1994: the integral translation into English of the Orthodox Dogmatic Theology by Archpriest Dumitru Staniloae (1903–93). The original Romanian text, published in 1978, was divided into three volumes, but for reasons of convenience the editors of the English version have chosen to divide each of the three volumes into two. [...]This sixth and final volume of The Experience of God has as its subject what in Western theology are termed ‘the four last things’: death, judgment, heaven, and hell. Following the normal Orthodox teaching, Fr. Dumitru makes a clear distinction between the particular and the general judgment: that is, between the individual judgment that takes place at the death of each person, and the universal judgment occurring at the Second Coming of Christ. Until the Second Coming there prevails a certain fluidity, and it is possible for souls to be released from hell; but after the universal judgment all is fixed for eternity, and no such release is possible. Once more in accordance with the standard teaching of Orthodoxy, Fr. Dumitru holds that, until the Second Coming, the saints in heaven do not as yet enjoy the completeness of beatitude, nor do those condemned to hell undergo the fullness of torment; this only comes to pass at the resurrection of the body on the Last Day. This was one of the points debated between Orthodox and Roman Catholics at the Council of Ferrara-Florence (1438–39).”


         Metropolitan KALLISTOS (Ware) of Diokleia
1. Death as Passage to Life Eternal
2. The Immortality of the Soul
3. The Individual Judgment and the Possibility of an Eternal Hell
4. Christ as Judge and the Witnesses to the Individual Judgment
   A. The Author and Criterion of the Individual Judgment
   B. Witnesses, Accusers, and Defenders at the Individual Judgment
5. The Condition of Souls between Death and Resurrection
   A. Departed Believers’ Growth in Communion with God
   B. The Communion of the Righteous
   C. Prayers for the Dead
   D. The Icons and Relics of the Saints
6. The End of the Present World
   A. The Movement of Creation toward the End
   B. History and Universal Eschatology
   C. Conjectures about the World’s Final Moments
   D. The Signs and Unseen Cause of the End
7. The Coming of Christ and the Image of the World Made New
8. The Resurrection of the Body
9. Universal Judgment
10. The Life Eternal

Item Number: BKHCB056
Publication Data: Brookline, MA: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2013
Format: softcover
Number of Pages: xiv + 242
Dimensions (l × w × h): 22.9 cm × 15.2 cm × 1.5 cm
ISBN: 978‒1‒935317‒34‒0

$26.95 (USD)


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