Sebastian Press Publications, which bears the name of the great Orthodox Christian missionary in North America, Archimandrite Sebastian Dabovich, has enriched Christian literature in the English language during the last few years with its valuable translations of the interesting and resourceful works of Serbian and other theologians to English.
Among the authors translated into English are the works of St. Bishop Nikolaj of Zicha (Velimirovic), St. Abba Justin of Celije, Bishop Atanasije Jevtic, Bishop Danilo Krstic, Bishop Ignjatije Midic, Bishop Maxim Vasiljevic, prof. Nenad Milosevic, Fr. Vladan Perisic, Bogoljub Sijakovic, Fr. Radovan Bigovic, and there are also books of significance by Christos Yannaras, John Zizioulas, Archimandrite Emilianos of Simonopetra and Fr. Stamatis Skliris.
This publishing endeavor is of great significance, not merely because contemporary Serbian theological thought is presented to English speaking readers, but because of the fact that the English language is like the old Greek language during the time of Alexander the Great – a means for global communication, conversation, traffic between continents and nations, among people throughout the globe. The fact that many esteemed Orthodox theologians worked and wrote (and still write) in English speaks of the significance of the English language today – the modern koine language or the lingua franca. For example, Bishop Nikolaj Velimirovich, during his mission in Great Britain, wrote and published his works in English at the beginning and mid 20th century. V. Rev. Alexander Schmemann, Fr. Georges Florovsky, Fr. John Meyendorff — coryphées of Orthodox theology, initiators of the Orthodox theological awakening in the 20th century — published their most influential and most famous works in English. Metropolitan John Zizioulas, one of the greatest living theologians today, writes also in English.
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An Unconventional Handbook of Orthodox Theology by Rev. Vladan Perisic
Foreword by Fr John Behr
It is a great pleasure to see this work published, making available some of the most important writings of Fr Vladan Perisic over the last couple of decades available, together in one volume, to an English speaking audience. Fr Vladan’s work is well known in Serbia, and in broader academic and ecumenical circles. But it can now receive the much wider readership that it deserves, and, as a collected volume, its scope, coherence, and significance is sure to receive the recognition it deserves. The eighteen essays collected here treat diverse topics, from academic theology (and its place in the Church) to questions of life and death, from historically oriented studies, on Sts Ignatius and Gregory Palamas, to contemporary issues, such as human rights and ecology. Each of them is characterized by meticulous scholarship and great insight, clarity of thought and expression.
While treating diverse topics, there is nevertheless an underlying unifying approach, one that is captured well by the arresting title of this book: Theological Disambiguations. The title, of course, calls to mind the great (and dense) work of St Maximus the Confessor, the Ambigua. It is characteristic that this saint, the most profound theologian among the Fathers, does not attempt to construct an overarching edifice of systematic theology, as has become the practice over the last centuries, but rather explores particular theological points, taking his lead from difficult statements of St Gregory the Theologian, and in doing...
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“The Lord calls bishops to pastor His flock and He gives them the grace of the Holy Spirit…..They have the power to abstract our mind from the earth and to direct it towards the Lord. They grieve when they see that we offend God and, thus, hindering the Holy Spirit from residing in us. They are burdened by the sorrows of all the world and they pray unceasingly that we will find comfort in our sorrows; that peace will come to the entire world…Our Lord loved us so much that he suffered for us on the Cross. And His sufferings were so great; it is difficult for us to understand them [the bishops] because we do not love the Lord enough. Our spiritual pastors suffer for us in the same way, even though, many times, we do not comprehend their sadness. As great is the love of the pastor, the greater is his sadness. And we, the sheep, are obliged to understand this and to love and to honor the pastors. The Holy Spirit placed the bishops in the Church to pastor the flock of the Lord. If people would have remembered this, they would have loved their pastors with great love and their soul would have rejoiced just with the presence of a pastor.”