The book offers to the reader a deep and ample knowledge about the theological tradition of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in general and of the Armenian Apostolic Church in particular. Since this small family of Orthodox Churches is not very known to the public, the book provides exact, reliable and scholarly first-hand theological information which is of immense value and importance. The Family of the Oriental Orthodox Churches acknowledges only the first three Ecumenical Councils, those of Nicaea (325), Constantinople (381) and Ephesus (431), and thus maintains the pure theology of the early Church without addition or changes. The book contains theological studies which without exception were read at international Conferences or symposia and consequently and naturally are written in a spirit of tolerance and reconciliation. This ecumenical aspect is an important contribution to the rapprochement and reunion of the Churches. Tolerance and understanding of other theological positions and phrasings are remarkable throughout the book and in this sense an additional advantage in studying the theology of the Oriental Orthodox Churches.
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2010. 309 pp., 2 fig.
Contents: Foreword By Dr. Christoph Kardinal Schönborn – Preface Archbishop Dr. M. Krikorian – Christology In The Liturgical
Tradition Of The Armenian Church – The First Three Ecumenical Councils And Their Significance For The Armenian Church – Christological
Discussions Between Eastern Orthodox And Oriental Orthodox Churches – Reception Of The «Ecumenical» Councils After Chalcedon
– The Attitude Of The Oriental Orthodox Churches Towards The Fifth, Sixth, Seventh And Eighth «Ecumenical» Councils – Anathema,
Schism, Heresy – The Tasks Of The Third Vienna Consultation – The Origins Of The Conciliar Idea – Practical Consequences Of
The Three Vienna Consultations – Introductory Remarks At The Fourth Vienna Consultation – Development Of The Primacy Of The
Head Of The Armenian Church – The Purpose Of The Fifth Non-Official Ecumenical Consultation – What Are The Reactions To The
Previous Four Vienna Consultations And What Future Actions Could Be Envisaged For Their Implementation Within The Armenian
Apostolic Church? – The Official Dialogue Between The Eastern Orthodox Churches And The Oriental Orthodox Churches – What
Subjects Are Still To Be Studied In The Dialogue Between The Oriental Orthodox And The Roman Catholic Theologians? – The Theological
Significance Of The Results Of The Five Vienna Consultations – Primacy Of The Pope And Authority In The Church – The Organization
Of The Armenian Apostolic Church – The Christological Consensus – Councils And Conciliarity Second Study Seminar Preamble
– The Five Vienna Consultations - A Brief Estimation – Reconciliation At Kerala - The Evaluation Of The Ecumenical Theological
Discussions Of The Pro Oriente Regional Symposium At Kottayam In India – What Could Be The Role Of The Oriental Catholic Churches
In The Search For Communion Between East And West? – Ecclesiological Discussions Of Five Vienna Consultations – Conclusions
And Follow-Up – Review Of The Agreed Statements And Document Of The Joint Commission – Authority And Jurisdiction In The Tradition
Of The Armenian Church – The Council Of Chalcedon History; Christological Struggles And Reconciliation – Communion - Sister
Churches - Church Families – The Armenian Church And The Ecumenical Movement – Appendix 1: Opening Remarks At The Holy Liturgy
Following The Third Vienna Consultation – Appendix 2: Sermon At Mariazell – Appendix 3: Opening Remarks At The Holy Liturgy
Following The Fourth Vienna Consultation – Appendix 4: Foreword To Selection Of The Papers And Minutes Of The Four Vienna
Consultations – Appendix 5: The Armenian Church And The Wcc: A Personal View.