Course Content (Syllabus)
Dealing with the dialectical behavior of Metrophanes Kritopoulos (1589-1639) during his stay in Western Europe (England, Germany, Italy) functions mainly as the trip to discover the east of the Western and the west of the Eastern part of Europe made by a great Greek man from Veroia town at the beginning of the 17th century, who used the outcome of this experience during his minister as Patriarch of the Patriarchate of Alexandria. Now we examine this period of exploration of the relationship between Orthodoxy and Protestantism in the light of modern research.
During the tenure of Cyril Loukaris in Constantinople, Kritopoulos worked towards the meeting and further knowledge of the Christian confessions of Western Europe and theologically presented the orthodox theology and tradition there.
Indeed, Metrophanes opted for main issues of the Orthodox faith with dialectical perspective, linking the theological dialogue with the Orthodox theological reason. During this research it is considered that his interactive effort does not lean towards association or confusion with other denominations and Christian traditions. So doctrinal elements of his work, that were previously misunderstood are now clarified and viewed in contemporary theological reflection.
Orthodoxy, Protestantism, Metrophanes, Kritopoulos, 17th. century