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Jean-Claude Larchet

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[[Image:Dr Larchet and Abp Ieronymos II.jpg|right|thumb|Archbishop [[Ieronymos II (Liapis) of Athens|Ieronymos II]] and Dr. Jean-Claude Larchet, April 8, 2009.]]
Dr. '''Jean-Claude Larchet''' is a French Orthodox researcher who is one of the foremost Orthodox [[Patristics]] scholars writing today.  Born in northeastern France in 1949of a Roman Catholic family, DrLarchet earned doctorates in philosophy (1987) and theology (1994) from the University of Strasbourg. Larchet converted to It was during his studies in philosophy that his reading of the Greek Fathers and their Orthodox commentators (especially [[Vladimir Lossky]]) led him to the Orthodox Church, where he was received in 1971 by the man who would be his spiritual father, the elder Serge Chévitch (1904-1987), which was also the spiritual father of the theologian Vladimir Lossky , the philosopher [[Nikolai Berdyaev]] from , and the monk iconographer [[Gregory (Krug)]].  From 1973 to 1979 he met, to receive their advice, some of the best-known spiritual leaders of that era: [[Archimandrite]] (now Saint) [[Justin Popovich]], Archimandrite [[Roman Catholic ChurchSophrony (Sakharov)]] and, in two long stays at Mount Athos, the age followers of 22.<ref>Fr. Felix Culpa. ''Elder [[ the Hesychast]] -claude-larchet.html Jean-Claude Larchetthe Elder Ephrem of [[Katounakia Fathers (Athos)|Katounakia]].'' '''ORA ET LABORA'''. May 10, 2009.</ref> He holds doctorates in philosophy the Elder [[Ephraim (1987Moraitis) and theology of Philotheou]], the Elder Charalampos - especially the Elder [[Paisios (1994Eznepidis) from the University ]] with whom he had long talks and whose support remains of Strasbourggreat importance to Larchet.  He is one of the very few contemporary authors who is able seamlessly to combine rigorous scholarship with a vibrant sense of the inner life of the Church. His prolific writings on the spirituality of the [[Church Fathers|Fathers of the Church]] and on orthodox theology ([ twenty-two books], over one hundred and fifty articles) have been translated into no less than 15 languages.<ref>[[Apostoliki Diakonia]]. ''[ New Publications: The Healing of Spiritual Disorders: An Introduction in the Ascetic Tradition of the Orthodox Church, Vol. A'].'' By Jean Claude Larchet. Transl. into Greek by Christos Koulas. 2009.</ref>

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