Thinking Through Faith Panel Discussion
A panel discussion, Thinking Through Faith: New Perspectives from Orthodox Christian Scholars, was held on February 26, 2009, as part of the celebration of Hellenic College's fortieth anniversary. The event, attended by more than 125 people, and based on the book of the same name, took place in the Reading Room of the Archbishop Iakovos Library and Learning Resource Center. The guests were welcomed by the Rev. Nicholas Triantafilou, President, and Dr. Lily Macrakis, Dean, of Hellenic College. Dr. Aristotle Papanikolaou of Fordham University and Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou of Boston University, co-editors and contributors, explained in their introductory remarks that the book is the result of ongoing reflection and collaboration among the twelve authors, most of whom are graduates of Hellenic College and/or Holy Cross School of Theology.
All of the authors hold academic positions in colleges and universities throughout the United States, including three at Hellenic College and Holy Cross. Eleven of the twelve contributors were present and gave brief overviews of their articles and then Charles Lelon offered a layman's response which stimulated an engaging question and answer period with those in attendance. The authors are: John Fotopoulos, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame; Demetrios Katos, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Chairman of the Religious Studies Program, Hellenic College and Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology; Very Rev. John Behr, D.Phil., Dean and Professor of Patristics, St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary; George E. Demacopoulos, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Historical Theology, Fordham University and Co-Founding Director, Orthodox Christian Studies Program; Valerie A. Karras, Th.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Church History, Southern Methodist University; James C. Skedros, Th.D., Cantonis Professor of Byzantine Studies and Professor of Early Christianity, Holy Cross Orthodox School of Theology; Perry T. Hamalis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, North Central College and Director, Office of Academic Opportunities; Aristotle Papanikolaou, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology, Fordham University, Co-Founding Director, Orthodox Christian Studies Program and Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies in Theology; Elizabeth H. Prodromou, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of International Relations, Boston University, Research Associate of the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs and Commissioner, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom; Anton C. Vrame, Ph.D., Director, Department of Religious Education , Greek Orthdoox Archdiocese of America and Adjunct Associate Professor of Religious Education, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology; John Klentos, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Eastern Orthodox Christian Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute; and Eleni Makris, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Educational Leadership & Development, Northeastern Illinois University.
Those who are graduates of Hellenic College and Holy Cross were gracious in their thanks to their teachers for encouraging them to pursue academic careers. The authors are part of a younger generation of Orthodox scholars in America who have taken up the perennial task of transmitting the meaning of Orthodox Christianity to a particular time and culture, dealing with the core tenets of the faith from fresh perspectives that appeal to reason and spiritual sensibilities alike. Thinking through Faith: New Perspectives from Orthodox Christian Scholars, is available from Holy Cross Bookstore.