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From the crisis of our civilization to the technological revolution, from new wars which devour the world to secularization and the rise of radical fundamentalist movements, Bartholomew openly faces the modern situation. He addresses the modern world in light of the essential messages of his Church, a ecumenism, interfaith dialogue, or the need for a sacramental ecology, his words are both clear and prophetic.
In response to the myriad solutions offered by the scientific community, Anestis G. Keselopoulos proposes another dimension, a theological solution put forth ten centuries ago by the Byzantine mystic St Symeon the New Theologian.
The voice of John Zizioulas may turn out to be the fresh voice for which theology and especially ecclesiology have long been waiting. In the context of a complete theology, which includes extended consideration of the major theological topics - the Trinity, Christology, eschatology, ministry, and sacrament, but above all, the Eucharist - the author propounds a fresh understanding, based on the early Fathers and the Orthodox tradition, of the concept of person, and so of the Church itself.
His consideration of the local church as "catholic" in the literal sense, and the need to understand the universal Church, not as a superstructure but as the communion of all Churches, provides the program for the ecclesiology of the future.
Yves Congar has written that he considers the author to be "one of the most original and profound theologians of our epoch" and that he "presents a penetrating and coherent reading of the tradition of the Greek Fathers."
John Zizioulas is Metropolitan of Pergamon, in the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.
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