Summer School Course “Learning about Orthodox Theology - Past and Present”





Aristotle University’s School of Theology offers, within the framework of the University’s Lifelong Learning Unit, an introductory course to Orthodox Tradition under the title “Learning about Orthodox Theology - Past and Present”.

The aim of the program is to provide an acquaintance with the Orthodox theological tradition, through the use of a diachronic and synchronic approach to Hermeunetics, Dogmatics, Patristics, Ethics, and Church History, concluding with an examination of the Orthodox witness in today’s world. This includes the Patristic Legacy and interpretation in today’s cultural context; Biblical Hermeneutics according to the Patristic tradition in comparison to modern hermeneutical methods; Dogmatic teaching of the Church and creative dialogue with the philosophical thought and the culture; Pluralism, social evolution, and the Orthodox Church; The ethical dimension of the ecological crisis; Bioethical issues; the Christian Homiletic tradition; and, Orthodox Churches in the Ecumenical movement.

The course is offered in English and addresses to members of Christian or other faith traditions who wish to gain a global picture of the Orthodox theological tradition and the dynamic approach of Orthodox societies to the modern world.

DATE: 1-19 JULY 2013


The Course is to be taught  by professors of the Department of Theology and is "Recognized and Endorsed" by the Aristotle University’s of Thessaloniki (AUTH)  Lifelong Learning Unit. The course grants 5 ECTS (European Credits Transfer System) units  for qualified attendees.

The schedule for the three weeks...

Monday through Friday: Mornings, 4 (four) 45-minute lectures (9:00-10.30, 11.00-12.30), summing up to a total of 60 hours.

1st Week Dogmatics, Sociology, Canon Law, Old Testament

2nd Week New Testament, Patristics, Sociology, Slavonic Orthodox tradition, Ethics

3rd Week Sociology, Orthodox Churches in Multimedia, New Testament, Homiletics, Ecumenical movement, Patristics

Afternoons and the weekends are reserved for on-site educational excursions (City tour, Byzantine churches, Archeological and Byzantine museums, Ottoman and Jewish monuments, Cliffs and Monasteries of Meteora, Vergina Macedonian royal tombs and tracing St Paul’s steps in Veroia, Philippi and at Lydia’s baptistery, the archeological site of Dion, and Mt Olympus).

Practical Information

The cost of the course is 350 Euros (non-refundable) which is payable at the time of application (PIRAEUS BANK: GR94 0172 2020 0052 0205 7157 381. DON’T FORGET TO FILL IN YOUR NAME AND THE PROGRAMMES CODE: 89729 ON THE MONEY ORDER. YOU SHOULD BRING WITH YOU THE DEPOSIT DOCUMENT). Cost of the excursions is approx. 120 Euros and compulsory liability and accident insurance is 20 Euros which are to be paid upon arrival.

On acceptance of application (notice of which it will be sent by e-mail two days after the application submission is received); the applicant is to make the necessary arrangements for issuing a visa (if applicable) and accomodation in Thessaloniki by immediately contacting Prof. Arabatzis,  Booking of lodgings is the responsibility of the applicant (cost approx. 15-50 Euros per day).

Application deadline: June 25, 2013.


Contact persons :  Prof. Dr. Dimitra Koukoura +30 2310 233953, Pr Dr  Christos Arabatzis, Dr Moschos  Goutzioudis

You will find the application here


                        The Chairman  of                                       The Director of the Program

                 the Lifelong Learning Unit                                                      

                        Prof  St. Andreou                                                 Prof D. Koukoura                                                          

Summer School Program “Learning about Orthodox Theology - Past and Present”