Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to critically examine 1. historical and theological sense-data, 2. to investigate the background of Christian formation, 3. to interpret the dialogue of the Orthodox Church with the Western world and the culture, 4. to have theological arguments in inter-Christian dialogue.
Course Content (Syllabus)
1-2. Theology, Aesthetics: Definitions and Research Principles (Theology of Aesthetics, Aesthetics of Theology), 3. Aesthetics of Theological Anthropology (Creation, Fall, Perfection of the Creation), 4. Aesthetic approaches in the work of the Great Church Fathers (Cappadocian Fathers etc.), 5-6. Aesthetic and Theological approaches in the decisions of the Ecumenical and Local Councils, 7. Aesthetic and Theological approaches of the Areopagitic Corpus, 8.-10. Aesthetic and Theological approaches in the work of St. Maximus the Confessor, St. Germanus of Constantinople, St. Nicholas Cabasilas, St. Symeon of Thessalonika, 11. Theological interpretation and aesthetic approach of Church architecture, a. Building types, b. Ceramic brick ornamentation, 12. Theological interpretation and aesthetic approach of the Byzantine Church painting, a. Monuments, b. Texts-Ekphrasis, 13. Theological and aesthetic tendencies of the Modern Greek culture.