• George Demacopoulos

    Fr. John Meyendorff & Patterson Family Chair, Co-Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center, Fordham University

    George Demacopoulos is the Fr. John Meyendorff & Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies, co-director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center, and a Professor of Historical Theology at Fordham University. Professor Demacopoulos’ research and teaching interests are in the fields of early Christian and Byzantine church history. He specializes in the relationship between the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches during the Middle Ages.

    The University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences—where Demacopoulos earned his undergraduate degree—honored him with the 2016 Humanities Achievement Award. Demacopoulos earned an MTS, with highest honors, from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology before enrolling at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Religious Studies.

    In 2012, Demacopoulos earned the most prestigious grant awarded for humanities-based research: a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Matching Challenge Grant. His current research project is a reevaluation, via postcolonial critique, of medieval encounters between eastern and western Christians in the era of the Crusades.

    Demacopoulos is the author of numerous scholarly articles, blogs, and several books, including Five Models of Spiritual Direction in the Early Church (2006); The Invention of Peter: Apostolic Discourse and Papal Authority in Late Antiquity (2013); and Gregory the Great: Ascetic, Pastor, and First Man of Rome (2016). He has published a translation (from Latin) of St. Gregory the Great’s Book of Pastoral Rule (2011) for St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press’ Popular Patristic Texts Series. He and his colleague Aristotle Papanikolaou are the co-editors of Tradition, Secularization, and Fundamentalism (forthcoming); Christianity, Democracy and the Shadow of Constantine (forthcoming); Orthodox Constructions of the West (2013); Orthodox Readings of Augustine (2008); and the Fordham University Press Series: Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought.

    Demacopoulos is an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, offikion designation Didaskalos Tou Genous (Teacher of the People).

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St. Nersess the Graceful
Church History

Odes of St. Nersess the Graceful

St. Nersess the Graceful (Nersēs Shnorhali, 1102–1173 A.D.) Catholicos, from 1166 until his death in 1173, was one of the great figures of the medieval Armenian Church. His most popular work is the prayer of twenty-four stanzas commonly known as “With Faith I Confess” (Havatov Khostovanim), which has been translated into more than thirty languages. He was also a prolific author and...

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Anti-Judaism in Orthodox Hymnography: Beginning a Conversation before Holy Week

The issue of anti-Jewish texts within the Byzantine rite is longstanding and complex. The Orthodox Theological Society in America is establishing a working group of liturgical scholars and specialists in Jewish-Christian theological dialogue to study and make recommendations for liturgical renewal w... Read more.
Religion and Conflict

Patriarch Kirill’s Crusade

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски In 1095, Pope Urban II told a large gathering of knights in Southern France that it was their responsibility to avenge the Islamic conquest of the Holy Land (he did not mention that the conquest ... Read more.
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Church History, Liturgical Life

The Origins of Anti-Jewish Rhetoric in the Hymns of Good Friday

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски The oldest-surviving Christian hymns designed exclusively for Holy Week are a set known as the Idiomele.  In the modern Orthodox Church, they are sung during the Royal Hours service of Good ... Read more.
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Culture and Arts, Religion and Politics, Uncategorized

Hagia Sophia and the Challenge of Religious Freedom

ελληνικά | српски Christian leaders and secular governments around the world have condemned, with good reason, the recent decision of a Turkish court to reconvert Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Indeed, this ruling is just the latest step in a century-long effort by the Turkish government ... Read more.
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Orthodoxy and Modernity, Public Life, Uncategorized

Orthodox Christianity, Systemic Racism, and the Wrong Side of History

ελληνικά | Română | ру́сский | српски When Archbishop Iakovos stood alongside Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma in 1965, he was maligned by many Greek Americans who took offense that their Archbishop would “fraternize with Civil Rights agitators.” Fifty-five years later, o... Read more.
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Liturgical Life, Theology, Uncategorized

The Good Friday Lamentation and Universal Salvation

ελληνικά  |  Română  |  ру́сский It is striking just how many verses of the central hymn of the most widely attended service in the Orthodox Church assert that Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection provide salvation to everyone—yes, everyo... Read more.
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Education and Academia, Uncategorized, Women in the Church

Scholars Not Priests

In a seminal essay in 1990, the eminent scholar of early Christianity, Elizabeth Clark, demonstrated that Christianity grew rapidly, in large part, because women served as the community’s earliest financial benefactors—they were “Patrons not Priests.” According to Clark, female patronage wa... Read more.
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Church History, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Pope Francis’s Relic Diplomacy

In June of 594, Pope Gregory the Great received a letter from Constantina, the empress, asking him to send the head of St. Paul to Constantinople so that she and others might benefit from venerating the bodily remains of such a great saint. St. Gregory denied the request, noting that it was not the ... Read more.
Christian Practice, Education and Academia

The Audacity of Converts

Several months ago, a recent convert to Orthodox Christianity with the online handle “BigSexy” launched a Reddit thread decrying Public Orthodoxy because, he claimed, it is an affront to Christian teaching. My first impulse was to mock the absurdity—are we supposed to believe that “BigSexy... Read more.