Orthodox Christianity: Past and Present, Distance Education

Over the past two millennia, the Orthodox Church and Orthodox faith have been exposed to a variety of cultural, social, political, and philosophical influences. This shaped the way in which theological ideas have been expressed in each given context and how the institution of the church has evolved and functioned in concrete social environments. The course explores the major stages in the development of the Orthodox Church and Orthodox theology in view of these broader influences.

At the end of the course, the student is expected to be able to:

  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of the origins and the major phases in the historical development of Orthodox theological ideas and the Orthodox Church
  • Analyze major philosophical movements and ideas that influenced Orthodox theology
  • Analyze and discuss mutual exchanges and influences that concrete societies and cultures have had on the Orthodox Church and Orthodox faith and vice-versa

Reservation för revidering av litteraturen.

  • Catafygiotu Topping, Eva , 1987. Holy Mothers of Orthodoxy: Women and the Church. Minneapolis: Light & Life publishing company. (45 s.)

  • Farag, Lois M. , 2013. The Coptic Christian Heritage: History, Faith, and Culture. . 1 uppl. London: Routledge Taylor and Francis Group. (110 s.)

  • Isaac, Ephraim , 2012. The Ethiopian Orthodox Täwahido Church. Trenton New Jersey: The Red Sea Press. (130 s.)

  • Lossky , Vladimir , 1997. The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church.. Crestwood New York: St Vladimir's Seminary Press. (120 s.)

  • Meyendorff, John , 1981. The Orthodox Church: Its Past and Its Role in the World Today.. Crestwood New York : St Vladimir's Seminary Press. (220 s.)

  • Meyendorff, John , 1996. Rome, Constantinople, Moscow: Historical and Theological Studies.. Crestwood New York: St Vladimir's Seminary Press. (180 s.)

  • Parry, Ken, 2010. The Blackwell Companion to Eastern Christianity.. Malden Massachusetts: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing . (350 s.)

  • Pospielovsky , Dimitry V., 1998. The Orthodox Church in the History of Russia.. Crestwood New York: St Vladimir's Seminary Press. (175 s.)

  • Schaff, Phillip & Wace, Henry , 2015. A Select Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church. Second Series. Franklin Ohio: Franklin Classics Trade Press. (60 s.)

  • Schmemann, Alexander , 1963. Historical Road of Eastern Orthodoxy.. Crestwood New York: St Vladimir's Seminary Press. (140 s.)

Kurslitteraturen reviderades senast 22 januari 2020.

Schemat finns tillgängligt senast en månad innan kursen startar. Vi rekommenderar inte att du skriver ut schemat eftersom vissa ändringar kan ske.

Öppna schemat

Cyril Hovorun

Professsor, archimandrite



A = Framstående, B = Mycket bra, C = Bra, D = Tillfredsställande, E = Tillräcklig, Fx = Otillräcklig, komplettering möjlig, F = Otillräcklig


  • Hemtentamen
  • PM
  • Seminarier

A Bachelor’s degree in Theology (equivalent to the Swedish Kandidatexamen) from an internationally recognized university. Proficiency in English through an internationally recognized test, e. g. TOEFL, IELTS, or the equivalent.

Fastställd av Ämnesföreträdarkollegiet vid Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm den 18 december 2019.