Dogmatics I.: History of Orthodox Theology and Spirituality and Symbolic Theology

Course Information
TitleΔογματική Ι΄: Ιστορία της Ορθόδοξης θεολογίας και πνευματικότητας και Συμβολική θεολογία / Dogmatics I.: History of Orthodox Theology and Spirituality and Symbolic Theology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorIoannis Kourempeles
Course ID60005506

Programme of Study: Anamorfōméno PPS Tmīmatos THeologías (2020)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course745

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours4
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • French (Examination)
  • German (Instruction, Examination)
  • Italian (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
1. Achieving knowledge of the subject to be taught is done through the writing of a special bibliography, from which the specific areas of development of dogmatic issues are analyzed. The course aims to make the subject clear to students, through specific examples taken from its sources. Therefore, the first learning goal is to practice and access the sources of the subject. 2. At the same time, comparative sections are preferred, where an attempt is made to develop the critical spirit. In addition, the qualification of the collaborative study spirit strengthens the willingness to distinguish complex issues and to evaluate both individually and in groups. Therefore, the second main learning objective is the critical and comparative study of the sources of the subject. 3. Moreover, in this synthetic context, where the teacher is integrated in the operation of the whole, the knowledge is strengthened through collaborations with other specialists who are offered to formulate in special presentations of scientific reflections of the subject. Therefore, another important goal is dialogue. Exercise the student to participate in presentations of other scientists with critical spirit and comparative ability.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The purpose of the introduction to the dogmatic science of knowledge is the systematic examination of the theological ecclesiastical monuments that reflect the faith of the Orthodox Church for human salvation. The projection of Orthodox theology and spirituality is examined in the context of the historical factor, but here an important point remains the systematic reporting of the major chapters of Orthodox dogmatic teaching through source texts. The course is not limited to the simple presentation of data, but moves in the context of the systematic interconnection of historical events of theological significance, while simultaneously examining the genesis and action of the forces that lead to the morphological development of dogmas. Clearly, the history of Orthodox theology and spirituality creates the conditions here for us to discuss, on a comparative level, similarities or differences with other Christian denominations. It is there that the course of Orthodox theology is developed in the context of symbolic theology. That is, the relationship between Orthodox theology and spirituality is set out in the comparative context of the subject of dialogue with other doctrines.
History of Orthodox theology, Concils, Symbolic Theology, Contemporary Theological Reflection
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Use of computer and projector for the presentation and analysis of sources. Use the internet and search for topics related to the sections of the course. Use special video presentations on object analysis.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment461.8
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities60.2
Written assigments150.6
Correction of tasks
Student Assessment
Oral and written exams.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Ιωάννης Κουρεμπελές, Δωσ' μου λόγο, Λόγε, εκδ. Κυριακίδη IKE, Θεσσαλονίκη 2014. 2. ΙΩΑΝΝΗΣ ΚΟΥΡΕΜΠΕΛΕΣ, Τίποτα ενάντια στη συνείδηση: Ο Μητροφάνης Κριτόπουλος σε θεολογικό διάλογο και η δογματική σημασία της Ομολογίας του, εκδ. Κυριακίδη IKE, Θεσσαλονίκη 2012. 2.Η ομιλία του πατριάρχη Πρόκλου «Εἰς τήν Παναγίαν Θεοτόκον καί ἡ ἀπάντηση τοῦ Νεστορίου» (Σπουδή στήν οἰκουμενική Χριστολογία τοῦ Πρόκλου Κων/πόλεως σέ σχέση πρός τό ἐρώτημα τῆς χριστολογικῆς ὁρολογίας τοῦ Θεοδωρήτου Κύρου καί τοῦ Νεστορίου), ἐκδ. Π. Πουρναρᾶ, Θεσσαλονίκη 2004 (2η εκδ.: Εκδόσεις Κυριακίδη ΙΚΕ 2017).
Additional bibliography for study
1. Νεοχαλκηδονισμός: Δογματικός Τρόπος Διαίρεσης ἤ Τόπος Οἰκουμενικής Συνύπαρξης (;), εκδ. Κυριακίδη IKE, Θεσσαλονίκη, 2015. 2. Οἰκουμενικά παραδείγματα στήν ἱστορία τῆς Ἐκκλησίας, τόμος Α΄, ἐκδ. Πουρναρᾶς, Θεσσαλονίκη, 2010 (2η ἔκδ.). 3. Ηδονοδοξία: Κριτική στη μεταπατερική θεώρηση της Παρθενίας της Θεοτόκου, εκδ. Αθ. Αλτιντζή, Θεσσαλονίκη 2019.
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