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Our Spiritual and Ecclesiastical Crisis (3/3): An Interview with Professor Demetrios Tselengides

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Part Three of our three part Interview with the Professor of Dogmatic Theology at the University of Thessaloniki, Demetrios Tselengides, in which he addresses:

- The criterion of the heart and the enlightening guidance of the Holy Spirit, in the discernment of sprits,

- The interpenetration of dogma and life, and the unity of the Way, the Truth and the Life

- And, the move from repentance to confession in practice - that Christ, that is, Divine Communion, is Life

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01:02: Question #1: How can the faithful be so bold as to follow the Holy Fathers?

03:07: They all had the criterion of the heart

03:35: An example of the simple faithful following the Holy Fathers

06:40: Live according to His will and He will inform you

07:43: Question #2: What is the Presupposition for standing aright?

08:00: The Example of the First Oecumenical Council

00:09:51: Truth lived existentially brings spiritual understanding

10:20: Question #3: Is this a dogmatic issue? Is disobedience justified?

10:50: Alliloperichoresis: Dogma and Life are Inseparable

11:58: No event in the Church is unrelated to the Life and Truth of Christ

13:37: The So-called "Home Church"

14:35: Question #4: Is there such a thing as "Private Worship"?

15:02: Choosing between Life or death?

23:33: Question #4: Repentance leads to Confession of Faith

25:48: Question #5: What if there is no leadership or guides?


Biographical Details:

Professor Tselengidis’ depth of knowledge, his education and studies, and his diligent research and labor have made him an internationally renowned academic theologian of Orthodox Dogmatic Theology. His most important offering and characteristic, however, is his work’s fidelity to the Holy Tradition and the Deposit of the Holy Fathers, a faithfulness he acquired by following experiential theologians of our day, such as Saints Paisios of Mt. Athos and Ephraim of Katounakia. He considers himself a humble minister, always emphasizing the absolute interrelation of right doctrine with the right way of life, distancing himself from the creation of a sterile and cold academic discourse. He is the author countless articles and seven books on Dogmatic Theology, covering a wide range of topics, including the theology of the icon, grace and freedom, critical studies of the doctrine of salvation in Luther and the satisfaction of divine justice in Anslem of Canterbury, the Soteriology of Western Christianity, and the presuppositions and criteria of Orthodox Theology. Through his many lectures, articles, and appeals to the hierarchy on pressing ecclesiastical matters such as the Orthodox-Roman Catholic, and Orthodox-Anti-Chalcedonian Dialogues, the documents of the Cretan council, and the Ukrainian schism Professor Tselingides has given much courage and consolation to the faithful.

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