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Professor Andrew Louth FBA

The history and theology of the Christian Church in Late Antiquity and in the Byzantine Empire; modern Eastern Orthodox theology
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About this Fellow

Born Louth, Lincolnshire. After schooling at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield, and Waterloo Grammar School, Liverpool, studied at the universities of Cambridge (mathematics; theology) and Edinburgh (MTh thesis on Karl Barth). Taught at the universities of Oxford (1970-1985), Goldsmiths, University of London (1985-1995), Durham (1996-2010), and the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, as Visiting Professor of Eastern Orthodox Theology (2010-2014); presently, Professor Emeritus, Durham University, and Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Theology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. Also priest of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) from 2003 (archpriest from 2014), serving the parish in Durham. Author of ten books, and many articles, in theology and the history of the Christian Church, especially in patristics, and modern Orthodox theology.



Current post

  • Professor Emeritus of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, University of Durham

Past Appointments

  • Visiting Professor of Eastern Orthodox Theology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 2010 - 2014
  • Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Theology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 2015

British Academy Appointments

  • Member of Council, 2011 - 2014


Introducing Eastern Orthodox Theology 2013

The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition: from Plato to Denys 1981, ed.2: 2007

St John Damascene: Tradition and Originality in Byzantine Theology 2002

Greek East and Latin West: the Church, AD 681–1071 2007

Denys the Areopagite 1983

Modern Orthodox Thinkers: from the Philokalia to the present 2015

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