What's known as Orthodox Theology is fundamentally different from every other theology. It goes far beyond any other theology. As much as there is to study with other theologies, here there is much more. One of the fundamental reasons is, the potential relationships that man can have with God. Another is a reality that can even be seen in modern physics. Evidence found in research shows what is known as Orthodox Theology is truly timeless. Although, it wouldn't become more known until around 300ad -with the advent of the Byzantine Empire. The full Roman Empire under the rule of Emperor Constantine and Christian. It's near end would come around 1000ad with the great schism that split the church into east and west. The west would grow under the French and German (the Franco Flemish), and return to the Pagan view of God All Mighty. While the east would remain under the Greeks, then migrate to the Russians and finally to North America. In this history, the fundamentals of the Church, the Orthodox Church (the House of the Lord, and the Family of God) remain.
This is a graduate student guide, the basics are expected - and should be looked in the undergrad student guides. As such, we will begin with some definitions.Theology, from the Greek, QeoV + logia literally means God words; Theologian, QeoV + logoV literally means God word[also cause, explanation, reason & speech]; Theological, QeoV + logikoV literally means God [logical, reason, sensible].
From these definitions we can get a good sense of what exactly is theology. The problem is the popular definition of God is not singular or uniform. However, we here want to see the real God - one definition. God, defined by St. Nektarios and the rest of the Orthodox church. To do this week need to look at some definitions again (in particular the origins of words).A study of the word Church, show that it comes from middle english chirche, kirke derived from the greek kyriakon [Kuriakon] (house of the Lord) .
Sunday is Kuriakh [keereeakee]
Master, Lord is KurioV [keereeos]
Looking at the terms surround house/home
Home in Greek is OikiaVoV
A house is OikoV [eekos]
At home is Oikon [eekon]
At home is Oikoi [eekee]
Economy, husbandry, to care for, management of domestic affairs is Oikonomia [eekonomeea]
the world or universe is Oikoumenh [eekoumenee]
Now we can get the understanding of the word ecumenism, as referring to the common house. As such, we (here) are looking at the common house of St. Nektarios, in the House of the Lord. Further, with Ecumenism as a new philosophy, we can show why the houses common to the house of Ecumenism are not common to the House of the Lord, and the House of St. Nektarios. This is the foundation of the studies here.
What you will need.
- Good research skills
- Patience & Library Research
- A good library (se undergrad study guides on the basics of an iLibrary)
- Good Dictionaries
- The ability to translate from Greek to English
- Knowledge of Semantics and Etomology (if you don't know what these words are you will need to construct a study of these words and the subsequent topics)
Name Institute Date
Two of our noted professors;
- Fr. Panagiotes Carras -
- General Orthodox Theology,
- Biblical Archeology,
- Christ in the Old Testement,
- large parish administration
- Fr. David Beldon -
- General Theology,
- The Orthodox Church of the British Ilses,
- Christ in Community Service (Living the Parable of the God Samartian)