Orthodox Christian Views of Other Religions Interfaith Studies

George C. Papademetriou

ISBN 978-1-935244-21-9

About the Book

“The collection of articles included in this valuable book will enrich the wider ecumenical dialogue considerably.”

—Harvey Cox, Hollis Professor of Divinity Emeritus
Harvard University

Orthodox Christian Views of Other Religions is especially relevant because of its multi-disciplinary approach to its questions. In its distinct yet inter-related chapters, we encounter the topic through the lenses of patristic and contemporary theology, but also through the perspectives of Eucharistic theology and anthropology, ritual studies, the study of Jewish liturgy, ecclesiastical and temple architecture, and interfaith dialogue.””

—From the Introduction by Kimberley C. Patton
Professor of the Comparative and Historical Study of Religion
Harvard Divinity School

About the Author

George C. Papademetriou is Professor Emeritus of Theology and Director of the Library at Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He has written and lectured extensively on comparative theology, Saint Gregory Palamas, and philosophy of religion. In addition to his research and teaching, he has been actively engaged in inter-religious trialogue among Christians, Muslims, and Jews. Rev. Dr. Papademetriou was the faculty organizer and chairperson of the first International Muslim-Orthodox Christian Dialogue on the campus of Holy Cross in 1985. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Two Traditions, One Space: Orthodox Christians and Muslims in Dialogue (Somerset Hall Press); Essays on Orthodox Christian-Jewish Relations; and Introduction to Saint Gregory Palamas.

About the Cover Image

The front cover image is a mosaic icon of Theophany: The Vision of Ezekiel/The Four Evangelists, in the apse of the Church of Hosios David, Thessaloniki, Greece. Late 5th century CE. Photo courtesy of Irene Archos.


• Foreword, by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I
• Introduction, by Kimberley C. Patton
• Personal Reflections on Gospel and Culture
• An Orthodox Christian View of Non-Christian Religions
• The Liturgy as Self-Definition and the Religious Other
• The People of God: An Orthodox Perspective
• Reconciliation of Peoples: The Challenge for the Church
• Recent Patriarchal Encyclicals on Religious Tolerance and Peaceful Coexistence
• Temple and Universe: The Christian Vision of the Sacred
• St. John Chrysostom on Social Responsibility
• Religion, Politics, and Society: An Orthodox Perspective
• Global Vision and Religious Conviction: An Orthodox Christian Reflection on Globalization
• An Orthodox Reflection on Truth & Tolerance
• A Comparative Review of Mysticism in Orthodox Christianity and Hinduism
• Historic Views on Salvation Outside the Church
• Modern Orthodox Theologians on Salvation Outside the Church

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