Friday, January 18, 2013

MTh Orthodox Studies

In the last few years there has been an increase of interest in Orthodox Christian theology. Through ecumenical dialogue (there are commissions for dialogue between the Orthodox and the Anglican Church, as well as between the Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Church) as well as through the high-profile writings of certain Orthodox theologians (such as Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, Metropolitan John Zizioulas, Anthony of Sourozh, Elder Sophrony, Fr. John Behr and Fr. Andrew Louth) Orthodox theology has been increasingly influential in theological circles in the UK. In addition, Orthodox Christianity is the only one among episcopal churches in the last few years whose membership is steadily increasing in the UK and North America – with a rate second only to the Pentecostal Church. For these reasons, there are a number of people who are interested in studying the theology, the tradition, the history and the culture of the Orthodox Christian Church.

The MTh in Orthodox Studies, which is taught at the University of Winchester, is a postgraduate programme that responds to those needs and is directed towards people who have already some theological formation and have received a taste of Orthodox theology before they decide to study it formally. This programme is not only addressed to members of the Orthodox Church. Instead, the structure of the programme makes it interesting equally to members of the Orthodox Church who would like to further the knowledge and understanding of their own tradition, and to non-Orthodox who would like to study Orthodox theology in a scholarly way.
The programme offers a wide-ranging study of Orthodox Christian tradition and practice, including theology, history, ecclesiology, tradition, liturgy and art. It draws on a variety of academic disciplines and discourses to enable students to reflect critically on the entirety of Orthodox faith, tradition and practice. Students with a background in Orthodox studies have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding at a higher academic level, while those of different backgrounds are enabled to approach Orthodox thought and tradition critically and connect, compare and contrast it with their own theological background.

Study enables students to research the Orthodox, early Christian and patristic tradition, and connect it to broader areas of human life and understanding in contemporary, multicultural societies. Students explore and reflect critically upon Orthodox experience, developing an informed awareness of the dynamic nature of the Orthodox Christian tradition and a facility in the theological task of subjecting this tradition to a process of testing and renewal.
The Modules for this Postgraduate course include: Introduction to Orthodox Theology, Orthodox Ascetic Mysticism, Dionysios the Aeropagite, Icons: Theology in Colours, The Experience of Orthodox Monasticism, Orthodoxy in the Modern World, Ancient Laws in a Modern World: an Introduction to Orthodox Canon Law, Non-Chalcedonian Christianity: Egypt and Ethiopia, Special Study: Byzantium and Beyond and many more.
The programme leader is Dr. Andreas Andreopoulos, who is Senior Lecturer in Orthodox Christianity. For more information you can visit the website of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at:  

Or email Dr. Andreopoulos on

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