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The Experience of God vol. 1: Orthodox Dogmatic Theology

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Dumitru Staniloae






“Fr. Dumitru Staniloae seeks always to indicate the inner coherence of dogmatic truth and the significance of each dogma for the personal life of the Christian. It is the theologian’s task to make manifest the link between dogma and personal spirituality, to show how every dogma responds to a deep need and longing in the human heart, and how it has practical consequences for society. Dogmas, he is convinced, do not enslave but liberate; theology is essentially freedom. Freedom whether human or divine, is one of Fr. Dumitru’s recurrent leitmotifs; God has made us partners and fellow-workers, who co-operate with him in full liberty; without freedom there can be no love and no interpersonal communication.” -Kallistos Ware, From the Foreword

Fr Dimitru Staniloae (1903-1993) is widely considered as one of the greatest Orthodox theologians of the 20th Century. He was Professor of Dogmatics at the Theological Institute in Bucharest, Romania from 1947-1973. In 1990 he was made a Member of the Romanian Academy.



Chapter One: Natural Revelation
Chapter Two: Supernatural Revelation
Chapter Three: Scripture and Tradition
Chapter Four: The Church as Instrument for Preserving Revelation
Chapter Five: Theology as Ecclesial Service
Chapter Six: Knowledge of God
Chapter Seven: The Being of God and His Uncreated Operations
Chapter Eight: The Super-Essential Attributes of God
Chapter Nine: The Spiritual Attributes of God
Chapter Ten: The Holy Trinity: Structure of Supreme Love


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