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The Experience of God: Orthodox Dogmatic Theology, vol. 3, The Person of Jesus Christ as God and Savior Paperback – May 17, 2011
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Fr. Dumitru Staniloae (1903-93) is widely considered as one of the greatest Orthodox theologians of the twentieth century. He was Professor of Dogmatics at the Theological Institute in Bucharest, Romania, from 1947 to 1973. In 1990 he was made a Member of the Romanian Academy.
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In this volume, as the introduction notes, Fr. Staniloae goes into some much "heavier" material - far more "difficult" than the previous two volumes. However, with careful reading, the work yields such beautiful truths as to make the "work" very much worth the effort.
Generally speaking, I would not recommend any of Fr. Staniloae's works to a non-Orthodox reader. Too much of what he discusses, both here and elsewhere, in my opinion, requires a fundamental understanding of what Met. Hierotheos called the "mind of the Orthodox Church." Given that Orthodoxy never underwent the scholastic transformation that the Western (non-Patristic) churches underwent, this means that it is nearly impossible to simply read a book, or even a series of books, and "get it." There are no "charts" with "boxes" that can encompass the teachings of the Church simply because it is too hard to reduce teachings in such a manner when it comes to Orthodoxy. (This does not mean Orthodoxy is "complex," but, simply put, that the Western (non-Patristic) traditions, be they Latin from Rome or Protestant, that form the basis of so much Western (non-Patristic) understanding of Christianity, or knowledge, in general, are so alien to the older Orthodox Holy Tradition that it can very much *seem* complex).
However, for the Orthodox who wish to, so to speak, take their "learned faith" (to borrow another phrase from Met. Hierotheos) to "the next level," I can think of no better modern writer than Fr. Staniloae. To me, he is the closest modern writer to St. Maximos the Confessor in so ably and beautifully bringing together so much of the Faith that *can* be written down. Another advantage he has over nearly all other modern writers is that he, as noted in the introduction to the first volume, brings together Fathers, and Truth found in even non-Orthodox writers, from East and West - taking leave of the sad habit of many writers, especially within the Russian tradition, to cite/reference only Fathers/writers of their own "jurisdiction."
Overall, an amazing and wondrous work very much worth the time and effort to take in! Highly, highly recommended.