Theology in the Russian Diaspora: Church, Fathers, Eucharist in Nikolai Afanasev (1893-1966) by Aidan NicholsTheology in the Russian Diaspora: Church, Fathers, Eucharist in Nikolai Afanasev (1893-1966) by Aidan Nichols

Theology in the Russian Diaspora: Church, Fathers, Eucharist in Nikolai Afanasev (1893-1966)

byAidan Nichols

Paperback | December 4, 2008

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The author at the centre of this study, Russian priest-theologian Nikolai Nikolaevich Afanas'ev, was perhaps the most influential thinker about the Church Russia has produced. In Aidan Nichols's careful evaluation, he emerges as a key figure in the rapprochement of Christian East and West, and most notably of the Orthodox and Catholic churches. Nichols illustrates how Afanas'ev has been influential in two key respects: first of all in his conviction that the Eucharist constitutes the foundation of the whole Church; and secondly in his contribution to an Orthodox understanding of the role of the Roman Church and bishop in the context of a united Church. Afanas'ev's achievements are seen to have continuing relevance in view of the inauguration of the Orthodox-Catholic dialogue at the monastery of St John on Patmos in 1980, and the importance of his thinking in terms of contemporary ecumenism becomes clear. It is to such a reappraisal that this book - concerned as it is with how Russian orthodoxy understands the Church - is devoted, in the hope of an eventual restoration of unity between the Orthodox of all the Russias and the see of Rome.
Title:Theology in the Russian Diaspora: Church, Fathers, Eucharist in Nikolai Afanasev (1893-1966)Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.71 inPublished:December 4, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521091470

ISBN - 13:9780521091473

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Table of Contents

Preface 1. The Background: Russian theology and the idea of the Church; 2. The life of Nikolai Nikolaevich Afanas'ev; 3. The main monuments of Afanas'ev's ecclesiology; 4. The War years and afterwards; 5. Afanas'ev and contemporary Russian ecclesiology; 6. An ecumenical evaluation of Afanas'ev's ecclesiology; Conclusion.