“While addressing the crisis of ecclesiological “infancy” in Greek Orthodoxy, Loudovikos’s rigorous reexamination of historical ecclesiology results in a monumental contribution to ecumenical ecclesiology. His book provides real hope that longstanding binaries such as visible and invisible, hierarchy (institutionality) and charism, sacramentality and asceticism, etc., can be reconciled, especially through appeal to the “apophatic ecclesiology of consubstantiality” that Loudovikos discerns in Maximus the Confessor. This is the Church not reducible to “essence” or “existence” but contemplated as dynamically in motion, “in the making,” participant in the living but incomprehensible God, and anticipating through its Eucharist the genuinely eschatological reality of the ekklesia, namely, the natural and not just “personal” communion which is the Church.”
~Paul M. Blowers, Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan College
“Following in the footsteps of St Maximus, Loudovikos draws on the concept of the divine energies to elaborate a profound and compelling vision of the Church”.
~David Bradshaw, University of Kentucky
The Rev Nicholas Loudovikos is professor of dogmatics and chair of the Department of Theological and Pastoral Studies at the University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki, as well as visiting professor at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies of Cambridge and at the University of Winchester. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Maximus the Confessor and Orthodox Dogmatic Theology.