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When the Gap between Academic Theology and the Church Makes Possible the Orthodox–Evangelical Dialogue

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Economics & Business Administration, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, 700506 Iaşi, Romania
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Independent Researcher, Glasgow G32 0PA, UK
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Academic Editors: Bradley Nassif and Tim Grass
Religions 2021, 12(4), 274; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12040274
Received: 18 March 2021 / Revised: 6 April 2021 / Accepted: 14 April 2021 / Published: 16 April 2021
In the church tradition, we find that the great theologians were also deeply involved in the life of the church as bishops, priests, or pastors who served the believers in their parishes, though, even at that time, practicing theology started to drift apart from performing pastoral work. In Modernity, however, things began to change radically, especially with the development of theology as an academic discipline and even more so with the development of the profession of the theologian specializing in religious studies. This phenomenon penetrated Protestant churches in particular, but it is also found in Orthodoxy. In this study, we advance the hypothesis that, despite its negative connotation, the gap between academic theology and church life opens up the possibility of a promising dialogue between Evangelicals and the Orthodox in Romania. Especially in the last 30 years, theologians from both communities have interacted in the context of doctoral research, scientific conferences, and research projects, although the dialogue between church leaders and hierarchs is almost non-existent. We analyze whether this incipient theological dialogue could possibly create a bridge between the two communities and within them and between academia and the church. We believe that one of the best ways to reduce the distance between them is to build on the interest of the current generation of theologians from both churches in Biblical studies, in Patristic theology, and in the work of the Romanian theologian Dumitru Stăniloae. View Full-Text
Keywords: Orthodox; Evangelical; ecumenism; Patristics; Stăniloae Orthodox; Evangelical; ecumenism; Patristics; Stăniloae
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Jemna, D.; Mănăstireanu, D. When the Gap between Academic Theology and the Church Makes Possible the Orthodox–Evangelical Dialogue. Religions 2021, 12, 274. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12040274

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Jemna D, Mănăstireanu D. When the Gap between Academic Theology and the Church Makes Possible the Orthodox–Evangelical Dialogue. Religions. 2021; 12(4):274. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12040274

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Jemna, Dănuț; Mănăstireanu, Dănuț. 2021. "When the Gap between Academic Theology and the Church Makes Possible the Orthodox–Evangelical Dialogue" Religions 12, no. 4: 274. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12040274

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