Dogmatics of the Orthodox Church II

Course Information
TitleΔογματική της Ορθοδόξου Εκκλησίας ΙΙ / Dogmatics of the Orthodox Church II
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorVasileios Tsigkos
Course ID600018250

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours4
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Good knowledge of the historical and ecclesiastical context of the first eight centuries and the interpretation of Holy Scripture. Appropriate knowledge of the dialogue between the Fathers of the Church and the philosophers.Good knowledge of the texts of the Ecumenical Councils and the theology of the Fathers of the Church. Comprehension of the Prolegomena (basic tenets) in dogma and the Dogmatics of the Orthodox Catholic Church. Good knowledge of the configuration of the liturgical praxis and the cultural records of the Church (Christian literature and art).
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course students will be able: - To familiarize students with the foundations of the Christian faith, life and the cultural records of the Church Christian literature and art). - Comprehension of the basic Knowledge of the main dogmas of the Orthodox faith (centered upon Triadology, Christology and Ecclesiology) in synchrony and diachrony with the way of life of the ecclesial community. - To connect Dogmatics organically and inextricably with the biblical testimony and patristic tradition, together with the ethos and worship, theory and practice of the Church. - To compose the content of the faith of the Orthodox Church with the data and the demands of the modern world.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: DOGMATICS OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH II: Exact exposition of the orthodox faith. SCHEDULE OF LECTURES (Syllabus): 1) Theological gnosiology. Fundamental distinctios of the orthodox gnosiology. 2) The theophanies as a sourses of knowledge about God. 3) Motion and perichoresis in the triune-Godhead. 4) The One and synchronously Triune God. The triune God in the teaching of he Cappadocian Fathers and John the Damasnene. 5) Unions and Distinctions in the Holy Trinity. The distinction between the divine essence and uncreated energies of God. The energy-based relationship between God, creation and man. The consequences and extensions of the triadological dogma in anthropology. 6) The Mystery of the incarnate Economy and the purpose of the Incarnation. 7) The first Christological heresies, their confrontation and the way of union of the two natures in the person of Christ. The Christological dogma of Chalcedon. 8) Consequences of the hypostatic union of the two natures of Christ. The two natural wills and the two natural energies of Christ.The Theotokos and Orthodox dogma.The consequences and extensions of the christological dogma in anthropology. 9) Creation out of nothing. In image and in likeness of man. Interpretation of original sin and its consequences on creation and man. Triadology, Christology and Ecclesiology in the patristic tradition and in contemporary theological thought. 10) The new man in Christ. The salvation of the “whole” man. “Community of theosis”. 11) Christocentric Ecclesiology. The Church as “body of Christ”. The Holy Spirit and the Church. The charismata, offices and the institutional organization of the Church. The identity of the Church. 12) Τhe Sacraments as medium and way of renewal, therapy and salvation of man or an oration “On the Life in Christ” of the world. The unity of the Church in the Eucharist and the Bishop. 13) The course of the Church through history towards eschata. Community of eschata. The renovation of creation. Eschatological anticipation and perfection (paradise and hell).
Dogma, gnosis of God, theophanies, Theology, perichoresis, Triadology, Cosmology, Anthropology, Divine Economy, Christ, Christological dogma, man, salvation, Church, charismata, sacraments, eschata, paradise.
Educational Material Types
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Communication through e-mailing and electronical submission of assignments.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment130.5
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities50.2
Written assigments100.4
Student Assessment
Oral examination in groups of five students(80% of the final grade). The participation of students in the classroom as well as their undertaking of assignment will also be taken into consideration(20% of the final grade).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Β. Τσίγκος, Δογματική της Ορθοδόξου Εκκλησίας, εκδ. Ostracon, Θεσσαλονίκη 2019.
Additional bibliography for study
- Β. Τσίγκος, Περιχώρησις. Θεολογικό περιεχόμενο του όρου και οι εφαρμογές του κατά τη Δογματική της Ορθοδόξου Εκκλησίας, εκδ. Ostracon, Θεσσαλονίκη 2015. - Β. Τσίγκος, Ο ανακαινισμός του ανθρώπου κατά τη δογματική διδασκαλία του αγίου Συμεών του Νέου Θεολόγου, εκδ. Πουρναρά, Θεσσαλονίκη 2009. - Β. Τσίγκος, Προλεγόμενα στη θεολογική γνωσιολογία, εκδ. Πουρναρά, Θεσσαλονίκη 2010. - Β. Τσίγκος, Χάρισμα και θεσμός στην περί Εκκλησίας διδασκαλία του ιεροῦ Χρυσοστόμου, εκδ. Ostracon Publishing, Θεσσαλονίκη 2016. - Ν. Ματσούκας, Δογματική και Συμβολική Θεολογία Α´, εκδ. Πουρναρά, Θεσσαλονίκη, 2004. - Ν. Ματσούκας, Δογματική και Συμβολική Θεολογία Β´. Έκθεση της ορθόδοξης πίστης σε αντιπαράθεση με τη δυτική Χριστιανοσύνη, εκδ. Πουρναρά, Θεσσαλονίκη 1996 (ανατ. 2009). - Ν. Ματσούκας, Δογματική και Συμβολική Θεολογία Γ´, εκδ. Πουρναρά, Θεσσαλονίκη 2005. - Ν. Ματσούκας, Γένεσις και ουσία του ορθοδόξου δόγματος, (Ανάλεκτα Βλατάδων 2), εκδ. Πατριαρχικόν Ίδρυμα Πατερικών Μελετών, Θεσσαλονίκη 1969. - Ι. Ρωμανίδης, Το προπατορικόν αμάρτημα, εκδ. Πουρναρά, Θεσσαλονίκη 2010. - Ι. Ρωμανίδης, Δογματική και Συμβολική Θεολογία της Ορθοδόξου Καθολικής Εκκλησίας, τ. Α´, εκδ. Πουρναρά, Θεσσαλονίκη 2004. - Χ. Σταμούλης, Κάλλος το άγιον. Προλεγόμενα στη φιλόκαλη αισθητική της Ορθοδοξίας, εκδ. Ακρίτας, Αθήνα 22005. - I. Καρμίρης, Τα Δογματικά και Συμβολικά Μνημεία της Ορθοδόξου Καθολικής Εκκλησίας, τ. Ι, εν Αθήναις 1960. - Β. Ι. Φειδάς, Εκκλησιαστική Ιστορία, τ. Α΄: Απ’ αρχής μέχρι την Εικονομαχία, Αθήναι 2002. - Β. Ι. Φειδάς, Εκκλησιαστική Ιστορία, τ. Β΄: Από την Εικονομαχία μέχρι τη Μεταρρύθμιση, Αθήναι 2002. - Β. Γιαννόπουλος, Ιστορία και Θεολογία των Οικουμενικών Συνόδων, εκδ. Έννοια, Αθήνα 2014. - Δ. Τσελεγγίδης, Ὀρθόδοξη θεολογία καί ζωή. Μελέτες Συστηματικῆς Θεολογίας, ἐκδ. Π. Πουρναρᾶ, Θεσσαλονίκη 2005. - V. Lossky, Η Μυστική Θεολογία της Ανατολικής Εκκλησίας, Θεσσαλονίκη 2007. - Α. Γιέφτιτς, Η Εκκλησιολογία του Αποστόλου Παύλου, εκδ. Γρηγόρη, Αθήνα 1984. P. Evdokimov, H Oρθοδοξία (μετάφρ. A. Μουρτζόπουλος), εκδ. Ρηγόπουλος, Θεσσαλονίκη 1972. - Ι. Ζηζιούλας, Σημειώσεις Δογματικής, τ. Α΄-Β΄, Θεσσαλονίκη 1985-1987. - Ι. Πόποβιτς, Άνθρωπος και Θεάνθρωπος. Μελετήματα Ορθοδόξου Θεολογίας, εκδ. Αστήρ, Αθήναι 1993. - Δ. Στανιλοάε, Η περί Θεού ορθόδοξη χριστιανική διδασκαλία (μετάφρ. Κ. Coman, Γ. Παπαευθυμίου), εκδ. Αρμός, Αθήνα 2011. - A. Grillmeier, Christ in Christian Tradition, vol. 1: From the Apostolic Age to Chalcedon (451), εκδ. Mowbrays, London 1975. - W. Kasper, The God of Jesus Christ, εκδ. S.C.M. Press, London 1984. - G. L. Prestige, God in Patristic Τhought, εκδ. SPCK, London 1985. - J. Romanides, An Outline of Orthodox Patristic Dogmatics - Επίτομος Ορθόδοξος Πατερική Δογματική, (edited & translated by G. D. Dragas), εκδ. Orthodox Research Institute, New Hampshire 2004. - T. F. Torrance, The Christian Doctrine of God: One Being Three Persons, εκδ. T & T Clark, Edinburgh 1996. - B. Bobrinskoy B., Le Mystère de la Trinité, Paris 1986. - J. Zizioulas, Being as Communion. Studies in Personhood and the Church, έκδ. St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, New York 2000.
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