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Friday, November 15
Peter Easton Pub
This Friday, Dr. Michelle Rebidoux will be introducing a chapter from John Zizioulas' Being as Communion (1985). Chapter 1 'Personhood and Being'
The PDF of the piece will be provided via the LISTSERV.
Michelle has also provided the the following short description/background to the piece:
John Zizioulas (b. 1931) is currently the Eastern Orthodox Metropolitan Archbishop of Pergamon. He is the Chairman of the Academy of Athens and a leading theologian in the Orthodox tradition. His work constitutes a major contribution to the philosophy of Personalism in the 20th century. The article is the first chapter of the now classic work “Being as Communion” (1985), wherein Zizioulas traces the development of the concept of the “person” back to the Trinitarian debates of the 4th century, in particular focusing on the change in meaning of the word “hypostasis” in the writings of the Cappadocian Fathers. In so doing, Zizioulas points to the early Greek Christian unfolding of an “ontology of the person” which, he argues, was impossible within either the Greek Neo-Platonic monistic cosmology or the Roman legal / political organization of the day. He then articulates this ontology of the person as an ontology of ecstasis and love (an important theme, as we know, for Jim Bradley), and extends the ontology from its original Trinitarian context to the existential context of the “person” today...