- 2016–present: Metropolitan Kallistos Chair of Orthodox Theology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
- 1993–4, 1995–present: St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary: (2017–present) Fr Georges Florovsky Distinguished Professor of Patristics, St Vladimir’s Seminary; Dean (2007–17); Professor (2004–); Associate Professor (2000–2004); Assistant Professor (1997–2000); Lecturer (1995–7); Visiting Professor (1993–4).
- 2005–present: Distinguished Lecturer in Patristics, Fordham University.
- 2004–5: Visiting Professor, Harvard Divinity School.
- Ordained priest in the Orthodox Church in America, 2001; Archpriest, 2008.
- 1997: M.Th., St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary.M.Th. Thesis: “Translation of Irenaeus’ Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching with Introduction and Notes.”
- 1995: D.Phil. in Theology, Oxford University. D.Phil. Thesis: “Godly Lives: Asceticism and Anthropology, with special reference to Sexuality, in the writings of St Irenaeus of Lyons and St Clement of Alexandria.” Examined by Rowan Williams and Andrew Louth.
- 1991: M.Phil. in Eastern Christian Studies, Oxford University. M.Phil. Thesis: “Sexuality, Marriage and Asceticism in Second-Century Christian Writings.”
- 1987: B.A. in Philosophy, Thames Polytechnic, London. B.A. Dissertation: “Of God, Man and Creation: A Comparative Study of the Anthropology of the Greek Fathers and Emmanuel Levinas.”
- 2017, D. D. Honoris Causa, University of Divinity, Melbourne.
- Editorial Board, Библия и христианская древность (Bible and Christian Antiquity, Moscow), 2019–
- Editorial Board, Богословский вестник (Theological Herald; Moscow), 2019–.
- Editorial Board, Phronema (Sydney, Australia), 2017–.
- Advisory Board, Christianity in Late Antiquity, North American Patristics Society, University of California Press, 2013–.
- Biblicum Jassyense (Romanian Journal for Biblical Philology and Hermeneutics), 2009–.
- International Journal of Orthodox Theology (Bucarest), 2010–.
- Editorial Board, Studii Theologice (the Theological Review of the Patriarchate of Romania), 2007–.
- Editorial Board, Pro Ecclesia, 2005–.
- Editorial Board, Christianity in Late Antiquity (formerly: Patristics Monograph Series), North American Patristics Society, 2005–.
- Editor, St Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly, 2002–2007.
- Book Reviews Editor, St Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly, 1996–2002.
- Editor, Popular Patristics Series, SVS Press, 1999–.
- 2013–2018: Board of Directors, Paradosis Center for Theology and Scripture, John Brown University (Arkansas, USA).
- 2007–17: Board of Trustees, St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary.
- 1993–2007: Orthodox Theological Society in America: President (2005–7); Vice-President (2003–2005); Secretary (1999–2003).
- 2010—13: Board of Advisors, John Templeton Foundation.
I spend a great deal of time on the road speaking in a variety of contexts, both academic (conferences, symposia, lectures) and ecclesial (councils, assemblies, retreats). See the schedule of up-coming talks , listen to some talks, and feel free to invite me. Some highlights from recent years include:
- February 2016, Beeson Divinity School/Theopolis Institute, The Annual Nevin Lecture: “Lifting the Veil,” “The Veil of Flesh,” “Behind the Veil.”
- April 2015: University of Vienna, Guest Lecture, “The Interpretation of Death in Early Christianity and Contemporary Culture.”
- June 2013, Cairo, “Theological Education in the Twenty-first Century,” Keynote address for the “Theological and Ecclesiastical Institutes Seminar” held by the Coptic Church.
- April 2012, Third International Conference of the Whitehead Research Project, Claremont Graduate University, on “What are the most compelling Theological Issues Today? Issues and Trends in Contemporary Theology”; paper entitled: “Let us return to the Word Delivered in the Beginning (Polycarp).”
- March 2012, The Annual Augustine Lecture, Augustine College, Ottawa: “The Shocking Truth of Orthodoxy.”
- February 2011, The Annual Donohue Lecture, Pontificium Institutum Orientalium, Rome: “Communion and Conciliarity.”
- New edition and translation of Irenaeus, complete works, Oxford Early Christian Texts (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
- New edition and translation of Gregory of Nyssa, On the Making of Man, Oxford Early Christian Texts (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
- 2019: John the Theologian and His Paschal Gospel: A Prologue to Theology. (Oxford: OUP, March 2019). 388pp. Russian translation in preparation; Romanian and Serbian being considered.
- 2017: New edition and translation, together with extensive introduction, Origen: On First Principles, Oxford Early Christian Texts, 2 volumes (Oxford: Oxford University Press). 664pp.
- 2015: Ed. with C. Cunningham, The Role of Life in Death: A Multidisciplinary Examination of Issues pertaining to Life and Death (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock).
- 2014: The Cross Stands: Homilies for the Cycles of the Year (Crestwood, NY: SVS Press). Romanian translation in preparation.
- 2013: Becoming Human: Meditations on Christian Anthropology in Word and Image, (Crestwood, NY: SVS Press). 121pp. Romanian translation (2018); Arabic, Serbian, Russian translations in preparation.
- 2013: Irenaeus of Lyons: Identifying Christianity, Christian Theology in Context (Oxford: Oxford University Press). 231pp. Romanian translation (2017)
- 2011: St Athanasius, On the Incarnation, Greek text and translation, Popular Patristics Series, (Crestwood, NY: SVS Press).
- 2011: The Case Against Diodore and Theodore: Texts and Their Contexts, Oxford Early Christian Texts (Oxford: Oxford University Press). 526pp.
- 2006: The Mystery of Christ: Life In Death (Crestwood, NY: SVS Press). 186pp. Serbian translation (2014). Romanian translation (Bucharest: Sophia, 2008). Russian translation in preparation. Korean translation in preparation.
- 2004: The Nicene Faith, vol. 2 of The Formation of Christian Theology (Crestwood, NY: SVS Press). 2 vols., 507pp. Serbian translation (forthcoming 2015). Russian translation in preparation.
- 2003: Ed. with A. Louth and D. Conomos, Abba: The Tradition of Orthodoxy in the West: Festschrift for Bishop Kallistos Ware (Crestwood, NY: SVS Press). 376pp.
- 2001: The Way to Nicaea, vol. 1 of The Formation of Christian Theology (Crestwood, NY: SVS Press,). 261pp. Russian Translation (Tver: Hermeneutica, 2006). Romanian translation (Bucharest: Sophia, 2004). Serbian translation (2014).
- 2000: Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement, Oxford Early Christian Studies (Oxford: Oxford University Press). 261pp. Romanian translation (2015).
- 1997: St Irenaeus of Lyons: On the Apostolic Preaching, Popular Patristics Series (Crestwood, NY: SVS Press). 121pp.
Essays and Articles
- “St Irenaeus of Lyons and the School of John,” forthcoming in Phronema.
- “Synchronic and Diachronic Harmony: St Irenaeus on Divine Simplicity,” forthcoming in Modern Theology.
- “Unveiling the Pathos of Life: The Phenomenology of Michel Henry and the Theology of John the Evangelist,” in Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, 26.2 (2018), 104–26.
- “One God Father Almighty,” Modern Theology 34:4 (2018), 320–30.
- “Nature, Wounded and Healed in Early Patristic Thought,” Toronto Journal of Theology 29.1 (2013), 85–100.
- Italian translation: “La natura ferita e risanata nell”antico pensiero patristico,” in L”uomo custode del creato. Atti del XX Convegno Ecumenico Internazionale di Spiritualità Ortodossa, Monastero di Bose, 5–8 settembre 2012, (Bose: Edizioni Qiqajon, 2013).
- “With Boldness and Without Condemnation,” St Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 51.4 (2007), 359–69.
- “Response to Ayres: The Legacies of Nicaea, East and West,” Harvard Theological Review, 100.2 (2007), 145–52, 173.
- “The Trinitarian Being of the Church,” St Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 48:1 (2004), 67–88.
- Russian translation in Tserkov i Vremya 3 (28) (2004), 164–185.
- Reprinted in: Khaled Anatolios ed., The Holy Trinity in the Life of the Church, Holy Cross Studies in Patristic Theology and History (Baker Acadmic, 2014).
- “Irenaeus on the Word of God,” Studia Patristica 36 (Leuven: Peeters, 2001), 163–7.
- “The Paschal Foundations of Christian Theology,” St Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 45:2 (2001), 115–36.
- “The Word of God in the Second Century,” Pro Ecclesia 9:1 (2000), 85–107.
- “Scripture, the Gospel, and Orthodoxy,” St Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 43 (1999), 223–48.
- “The Rational Animal: A Rereading of Gregory of Nyssa’s De hominis opificio,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 7:2 (1999), 219–247.
- “A Note on the Ontology of Gender,” St Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 42:3–4 (1998), 363–72.
- Romanian translation in Studii Theologice, Seria A III–A, 2.4 (2006), 170–7.
- “Colossians 1:13–20: A Chiastic Reading,” St Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 40:4 (1996), 247–65.
- “Translating theology,” St Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 38:2 (1994), 235–40.
- “Irenaeus and the Ascetic Ideal,” St Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 37:4 (1993), 305–13.
- “Shifting Sands: Foucault, Brown and the Framework of Christian Asceticism,” Heythrop Journal 34:1 (1993), 1–22.
- “Reflections on the Question of Episcopal Celibacy,” St Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 36:1–2 (1992), 141–9.
Invited Essays in Books
- ‘The Cross’, in P. Blowers and P. Martens, eds, The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Biblical Interpretation.
- ‘The Son of Man in the Gospel of John’, forthcoming in Totus Christus (Pusey House).
- ‘Learning Spiritual Discernment’, forthcoming in Discernimento e Vita Cristiana, Atti XXVI Convegno ecumenico internazionale di spiritualità ortodossa Monastero di Bose, 5-8 settembre 2018 (Bose: Edizioni Qiqajon).
- Russian translation in preparation.
- “The Apocalyptic Origen,” forthcoming in Festschrift for John McGuckin (CUA Press).
- “Flesh Invested with the Paternal Light: St Irenaeus on the Transfiguration of the Body” (In Russian), forthcoming in proceedings of the Fifth Moscow International Patristics Conference, April 2018; forthcoming in English in Festschrift for Alexander Golitzin (Brill).
- ‘The Glory of God: A Living Human Being’, in Elie Ayroulet, ed., Saint Irénée et l’Humanité Illuminée (Paris: Cerf, 2018), 93–116.
- “The Holy and Great Council 2016,” in Synodality: A Forgotten and Misapprehended Vision: Reflections on the Holy and Great Council of 2016, in Maxim Vasiljevic and Andrej Jeftic eds., (Alhambra CA: Sebastian Press, 2017), 13–22.
- “John 18:28–19:16: Witnessing Truth,” in Chad Raith II, ed. The Gospel of John: Theological-Ecumenical Readings (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2017), 178–91.
- “Patristic Humanism: The Beginnings of Christian Paideia,” in Jens Zimmerman, ed., Re-Envisioning Christian Humanism: Education and the Restoration of Humanity (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), 19–32.
- “Irenaeus on Atonement,” T&T Clark Companion to the Atonement, in A. J. Johnson ed., Bloomsbury Companions 5 (London: T&T Clark, 2017), 569–77.
- “Plundering the Egyptians: The Use of Classical Paideia in the Early Church,” in A. Bezzerides and E. H. Prodromou, eds., Orthodox Christianity and Higher Education: Theological, Historical, and Contemporary Reflections (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame, 2017), 140–54.
- “Diodore of Tarsus and his Exegesis,” Handbuch der Bibelhermeneutiken, in Oda Wischmeyer ed. (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016), 35–46.
- “Patristic Texts as Icons,” in Andreas Andreopoulos and Graham Speak eds., Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth: Studies in Honour of Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2016), 151–69.
- “Scripture and Gospel: Intertextuality in Irenaeus,” in D. Jeffrey Bingham and Clayton N. Jefford, eds., Intertextuality in the Second Century (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 179–94.
- “Learning through Experience: The Pedagogy of Suffering and Death in St Irenaeus,” in Nonna Verna Harrison and David G. Hunter eds., Evil and Suffering in Early Christian Thought (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2016), 33–47.
- “Il Nome Del Signore Dio Misericordioso E Pietoso,” in Misericordia e Perdono, Atti del XXIII Convegno Ecumenico Internazionale di Spiritualità Ortodossa, Monastero di Bose, settembre 2015, (Bose: Edizioni Qiqajon, 2016), 83–99.
- “The Apocalypse of the Cross,” in Studies in Orthodox Hermeneutics: A Festschrift in Honor of Theodore G. Stylianopoulos, in Eugen Pentiuc, John Fotopoulos, and Bruce Beck eds. (Brookline MA: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2016), 313–47.
- “La Pace tra la Chiese: Sant’ Ireneo di Leone,” in Atti del XXII Convegno Ecumenico Internazionale di Spiritualità Ortodossa, Monastero di Bose, settembre 2014, (Bose: Edizioni Qiqajon, 2015), 165–85.
- “St Isaac of Nineveh on the Cross of Christ,” in Hilarion Alfeyev ed., St Isaac the Syrian and his Spiritual Legacy (Crestwood NY: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2015), 87–95.
- “La Sfida della Morte,” in Marco Vergottini ed., Gesù Cristo e il Nuovo Umanesimo (Milan: Centro Ambrosiano, 2015), 326–38.
- “‘Search the Scriptures for they Speak of Me’: Reading the Scriptures with the Early Fathers,” in T. Grdzelidzeed., Sources of Authority, vol. 1, The Early Church, Faith and Order Paper 217 (Geneva: World Council of Churches, 2014), 1–16.
- “St Athanasius on ‘Incarnation,’” in N. H. Gregerson ed., Incarnation: On the Scope and Depth of Christology (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015), 79–98.
- “Let us Return to the Word Delivered in the Beginning,” in A. Min, ed., The Task of Theology: Leading Theologians on the Most Compelling Questions for Today, proceedings of the Third International Conference of the Whitehead Research Project, Claremont Graduate University (New York: Orbis, 2014), 1–20.
- “Reading the Fathers Today,” in J. Mihoc and S. Aldea eds. A Celebration of Living Theology: Festschrift for Fr Andrew Louth, (London: T&T Clark, 2014), 7–19.
- “The Promise of the Image,” in Thomas Albert Howard ed., Imago Dei: Human Dignity in Ecumenical Perspective (Washington DC: Catholic University of America Press, June 2013), 15–37.
- “‘Let there be Light!’ A Byzantine Theology of Light,” in Gerald O’Collins and Mary Ann Meyers eds., Light from Light: Scientists and Theologians in Dialogue (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012), 183–194.
- “Returning to First Principles: Articulating Orthodox Theology in a Post-Modern Context,” in Thinking Modernity, in A. E. Kattan and F. A. Georgi eds., Balamand theological Conferences 1 (St John of Damascus Institute of Theology, University of Balamand; Westphalian Wilhelm’s University, Center for Religious Studies, 2010), 21–35.
- “Gaul” (The Varieties of Christianity to 250 C.E.) in Margaret Mitchell and Frances Young eds., The Cambridge History of Christianity, vol. 4 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009).
- “What are We Doing Talking about God: The Discipline of Theology,” in A. Papanikolaou and E. Prodromou, eds., Thinking Through Faith: New Perspectives from Orthodox Christian Scholars (Crestwood, NY: SVS Press, 2008), 67–86.
- “Calling upon God as Father: Augustine and the Legacy of Nicaea,” in A. Papanikolaou and G. E. Demacopoulos, eds., Orthodox Readings of Augustine (Crestwood, N.Y.: SVS Press, 2008), 153–65.
- “Faithfulness and Creativity,” in Orthodox and the World Today: Sixth Congress of the Higher Orthodox Schools of Theology, Sofia, 5–10 October 2004 (Sofia: St Kliment Ohridski University Press, 2006), 166–173.
- “The Church in Via,” paper delivered at the Plenary session of the Conference on Eschatology held by the Theological Commission of the Moscow Patriarchate, Danielovsky Monastery, Nov. 14–17, 2005.
- Georgian translation in Archevani, January 2006.
- “The Motherhood of the Church” and “Mary as a Type of the Church” in Vierge Marie—Église Vierge: Acts du quatrième colloque de théologie orthodoxe de l’Université de Sherbrooke, (Sherbrooke: Université de Sherbrooke, Éditions G.G.C, 2005), 13–29, 83–95.
- “The Question of Nicene Orthodoxy,” in A. Louth and A. Casiday eds., Byzantine Orthodoxies: Papers from the Thirty-Sixth Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, University of Durham, 23–25 March, 2002 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006), 15–27.
- “Social and Historical Setting (2nd Century),” in F. Young, A. Louth, and L. Ayres, eds., The Cambridge History of Early Christian Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), 55–70.
- “Faithfulness and Creativity,” in Abba (see above, books 2003), 159–178.
- “Interpreting the Incarnation,” Sourozh 89 (August 2002), 15–29.
- “Adam” and “Anthropologie” in Dictionnaire de Théologie (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1997).
- “Mission in the Modern Age”, forthcoming in Oxbridge Philokalic Review.
- “From Adam to Christ: From Male and Female to Being Human,” The Wheel 13/14 (Spring/Summer 2018), 19–32.
- “Diversity and Dialogue in the Service of Communion: The Example of St Irenaeus of Lyons,” One in Christ 51.1 (2017), 21–36.
- “Lifting the Veil: Reading Scripture in the Orthodox Tradition,” Sobornost 38:1 (2016), 74–90.
- “Take Back Death! Christian Witness in the Twenty-First Century,” Koinonia n.s. 64 (2014), 7–22.
- “The Christian Art of Dying,” Sobornost 35:1–2 (2013), 136–47.
- Italian translation in: Le Età della Vita Spirituale. Atti del XXI Convegno Ecumenico Internazionale di Spiritualità Ortodossa, Monastero di Bose, 4–7 settembre 2013 (Bose: Edizioni Qiqajon, 2014), 301–16.
- “Older than All Creation,” Communi Viatorum 55.3 (2013), 237–254.
- “‘The Spirit and the Bride Say Come!’ The Eschatological Dimensions of the Liturgy,” Communio 38.3 (Fall 2011), 465–485.
- “Comunione e Conciliarità”/“Communion and Conciliarity,” Album Accademico 2010–11, Pontificio Istituto Orientale, Rome, 37–48, 48–59.
- “The Eschatological Dimensions of Liturgy,” Assembly: A Journal of Liturgical Theology 36.1 (2010), 2–9.
- “Marriage and Asceticism,” Sobornost 29:2 (2007), 24–50.
- “Taught by the Apostles,”Christian History (Fall 2007).
- “One in Christ: An Historical Look,” AGAIN, summer 2006.
- “For the Welfare of the Churches of God,” AGAIN, summer 2006.
- French translation in Le Messager Orthodoxe.
- “Virgin Mother—Virgin Church.” Russian translation, “Virgin Mother—Virgin Church,” Bogoslovskii Vestnik 2004, no.4, 123–149.
- “Midwife of the Christian Bible,” Christian History 80 (XXII.4).
- “Tradition” in St Vladimir’s Seminary 2003 Education Day book.
- “The Trinity,” The Living Pulpit (April, 1999).
- “Severus of Antioch: Eastern and Oriental Perspectives,” St Nersess Theological Review 3:1–2 (1998), 23–35. Reprinted in Christine Chaillot, The Dialogue Between the Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches (Volos, Greece: Volos Academy, 2016), 64–73.
St Vladimir’s Seminary
- Patristics Survey Classes, covering the first fourteen centuries, in various configurations
- The Trinity
- The Person of Christ
- St Athanasius and the Fourth Century Controversies
- Tradition in the Early Church
- The Development of Christology
- The Development of Monasticism in Fourth-Century Egypt
- From Canon to Creed
- The Cappadocians
- Byzantine Hesychasm
- Introduction to the Old Testament Scriptures
- Introduction to Spirituality
- The Gospel of John and the Paschal Christ
- St Irenaeus of Lyons
- St Gregory of Nyssa
- St Gregory of Nazianzus
- St Maximus the Confessor
- Theological Anthropology
- Scripture and Its Exegesis
- Asceticism and Sexuality in the Early Church
- Christianity in a Secular and Post-Secular Society
Harvard Divinity School
- Pre-Nicene Christianity
- From Nicaea to Constantinople
- The Incarnation to Chalcedon
- St Maximus the Confessor
- Theological Anthropology through the Eyes of the Eastern Fathers
- Origen of Alexandria
- Pre-Nicene Christianity
St Ambrose University, Calgary
- The Gospel of John in Christian Theology
St Andrew’s School of Theology, Sydney College of Divinity
- Early Christian Fathers
- Theological Anthropology
- Irenaeus of Lyons
St Athanasius College, University of Divinity, Melbourne
- The School of Alexandria
Graduate Reading Classes
At various schools, including: Union Theological Seminary, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, Fordham University
- Classic Christian Texts: From NT to Anselm
- Nashotah House Theological Seminary: Timothy S. Gahles, “Ministering to the Image of God” (DMin). (Defended May 2015).
- Union Theological Seminary: Pia Sophia Chaudhari, ““That Which is Not Assumed is Not Healed”: Explorations in Orthodox Christian Ontology, Soteriology, and Depth Psychology” (Defended April 2015).
- Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary: John M. Lewis, “An Examination of Nestorius of Constantinople’s Appeal to Christological Compatibility with Athanasius of Alexandria as Represented in Le Livre d”Héraclide de Damas.” (Defended April 2015)
- Fordham University: Matthew Lootens, “Gregory of Nyssa’s Contra Eunomium: Context, Method, and Theology.” (Defended April 2015)
- Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley CA: Daniel Robinson, “Deliberation, Faith, and Freedom in Alexander of Aphrodisias and Clement of Alexandria.” (Defended April 2015)
- Dallas Theological Seminary: Christopher Graham, “The Way, The Church, and Paradise in Early Christian Thought: The Christian Appropriation of Way Language in the First and Second Centuries.”
- Fordham University: Michael Azar, “Exegeting the Jews: The Reception of the Johannine Ioudaioi in Early Christianity” (Defended 2013).
- Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary: Claude O’shedrick Persons, Jn.: “The Deified Citizens of The City of God: How Augustine Applies the Patristic Doctrine of Theosis to the Citizens of The City of God.” (Defended 2010).
- Boston College: Maria McDowell, “The Joy of Enacted Virtue: Towards the Ordination of Women to the Eastern Orthodox Priesthood.” (Defended 2010).
- Catholic University of America: Jutta Raithel, “Beginning at the End: Literary Unity and the Relationship between Anthropology and Liturgy in the Protoevangelium Jacobi (P. Bodm. 5)” (Defended 2010).
- Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary: John Nixon, “Athanasius” Trinitarian Theology and His Reading of Scripture: Matthew 28:19 as the Hypothesis of the Christian Faith in his Letters to Serapion Concerning the Holy Spirit” (Defended 2006).
For various universities, including: University of Oxford; University of Durham; Kings College London; University of Nottingham; VID Specialized University, Stavanger, Norway;