Saint Silouan the Athonite and Elder Sophronius of Essex

Course Information
TitleΆγιος Σιλουανός ο Αθωνίτης και Γέροντας Σωφρόνιος του Essex / Saint Silouan the Athonite and Elder Sophronius of Essex
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorAnna Karamanidou
Course ID600015687

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
With the successful completion of this course, the students will understand the personality, the mind, and the spiritual experience and freedom of two significant Orthodox theologians of the 20 th century, St Silouan the Athonite and St Sophronios of Essex, they will analyse their work and outline their general theological and societal contributions to the world.
General Competences
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The aim of this course is the familiarisation and promotion of the sanctified figures Silouan the Athonite and Sophrionios of Essex by the analysis of their Orthodox ecumenical teaching based on the literary sources 1. Introduction and general presentation of the ascetical figures of Mount Athos. 2. Elder Sophrony (Sakharov) of Essex (1896 – 11 July 1993). Biographical information. 3. His work. 4. His theological approach. 5. The tradition and renovation in his theology. 6. St Silouan the Athonite (1866-1938). Biographical information. 7. The Patristic Tradition in his teaching . 8. Tradition and personal experience in his life. 9. Spiritual fatherhood according to St Silouan. 10. The ascetical experiences of St Silouan. 11. The Ecumenicity in his teaching. 12. Presentation of papers. 13. Presentation of papers.
Silouan, Sophrony, tradition, renovation, figures, Mount Athos
Educational Material Types
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment391.6
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities60.2
Written assigments80.3
Student Assessment
Undertaking and preparing exercises (20%) and oral examination (80%). Course participation is positively measured.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Αρχιμ. Σωφρόνιος Ζαχάρωφ, Ο άγιος Σιλουανός ο Αθωνίτης (1866-1938), εκδ. Ιερά Σταυροπηγιακή Μονή Τιμίου Προδρόμου, Έσσεξ Αγγλίας 2013.
Additional bibliography for study
H. Boosalis, Η Ορθόδοξη πνευματική ζωή κατά τόν Άγιο Σιλουανό τον Αθωνίτη,εκδ. Πουρναράς, Θεσσαλονίκη 2000. Π. Βασιλειάδης, Ι. Ζηζιούλας, Κ. Ware κ.ά., Ο άγιος Σιλουανός της Οικουμένης. Προσέγγιση στην Πνευματική Κληρονομία του Αθωνίτου,εκδ. Ακρίτας, Αθήνα 2009. Χ. Κολαργιος, Ο Άγιος Σιλουανός ο Αθωνίτης, εκδ. Μπαρμπουνάκη, Θεσσαλονίκη 2015.
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