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The Cambridge Orthodox Forum

The Cambridge Orthodox Forum

Not Ethnic but Global: Orthodoxy in the Western World

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Metropolitan Kallistos Ware addressed the topic of "Orthodoxy in the Western World" as the second session (out of two) on the larger theme of "Orthodoxy in the 21st Century." The lecture was delivered in Cambridge in the Institute's seminar room during the Community Lecture Day of February 22, 2014.

Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware): I have an easier task than you do this afternoon. I have merely to keep talking. You have to keep awake! [Laughter] Not so easy after an excellent lunch. However, David will be serving as an example, because we can all see him. [Laughter] And let me know if he drops off to sleep. [Laughter]

David: I think you’re quite right.

Metr. Kallistos: So, then. “Not Ethnic…

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The Cambridge Orthodox Forum

Christian Ecumenism: Does It Have A Future?

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The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies was proud to host a talk by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk on the topic of "Christian Ecumenism: Does It Have A Future?" The event was presented together with the Divinity Faculty of The University of Cambridge and the Cambridge Theological Federation on Friday, February 16, 2015. Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) is Chairman of the Department for External Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, a permanent member of the Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches, and a Member of the Central and Executive Committees of the World Council of Churches.

Dear members of the faculty, students and guests of the university!

I have been asked to give a lecture on the topic of interaction between Christians today. Does ecumenism have a future? This question has become ever more relevant and demands an all-round analysis.

When Jesus Christ founded his Church on earth, it was a single community of disciples bound together by faith in him as God and Saviour. At the Last Supper Jesus prayed to his Father that…

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The Sources of Theology

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Metropolitan Kallistos Ware futher explores the foundation of Eastern theology and its historical roots in the writings of the Fathers and the Orthodox life.

This, my second talk, is entitled “The Sources of Theology.” I said that theology rests on revelation, when speaking earlier. I’d like to develop that and fill it out.

Let me start with a work which had deep influence on subsequent Christian thinking: Origen’s On First Principles. This is a book that contains many of Origen’s most daring ideas, but it’s also an epoch-making book in that Origen offers not entirely…

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Theodicy and the Book of Job

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Dr. Christine Mangala Frost has lectured widely on comparative religion and is a published novelist with two books to her name exploring the consequences of religious belief for human action. She is currently working on a study comparing and contrasting Hindu and the Christian Orthodox beliefs. Here she presents a reflection on the theme of theodicy in relation to the Book of Job.

Professor David Frost: Ladies and gentlemen, it falls to me to introduce the speaker whom, as some of you know, I happen to be married to. It reminds me of a saying of my mother’s. It’s my mother’s birthday today, and my mother always used to say, “Well, dear, what you do on your birthday, you do all the year round.” I don’t know whether you’re familiar with that warning. It was intended to make us behave…

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What Is Theology?

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Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, renowned Orthodox author, former Spalding Lecturer in Eastern Orthodox Studies at the University of Oxford, and one of the Directors of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, explores the Orthodox vision of theology.

David Frost: Ladies and gentlemen, I really am not going to attempt, for the umpteenth time to introduce Metropolitan Kalistos Ware. But I would like to thank him for making a trip, which I know he does not enjoy, from Oxford to Cambridge; what I would consider a holy and monastic hour coming way over here and going back.

I wake up at night wondering what we are going to do when the times comes, he decides he must stop traveling and teaching…

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