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 1949 of a Roman Catholic family, Larchet earned
doctorates in philosophy (1987) and theology (1994) from the University of Strasbourg. 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 hieromonk who would be his spiritual father, the elder [[Serge Chévitch]] (1904-1987), who was also the spiritual father of the theologian Vladimir Lossky, the philosopher [[Nikolai Berdyaev]], and the monk iconographer [[Gregory (Krug)]].
From 1973 to 1979 he met, seeking spiritual guidance and advise, some of the best-known spiritual leaders of that era: [[Archimandrite]] (now Saint) [[Justin Popovich]], Archimandrite [[Sophrony (Sakharov)]] and, in two long stays at Mount Athos, the followers of Elder [[Joseph the Hesychast]] - the Elder Ephrem of [[Katounakia Fathers (Athos)|Katounakia]], the Elder [[Ephraim (Moraitis) of Philotheou]] (now in Arizona), the Elder [[Charalampos (Dionysiates)]] - especially the Elder (now Saint) [[Paisios (Eznepidis)]] with whom he had long talks and whose support remains of great importance to Larchet.
Dr. Larchet, now retired, has been teaching philosophy for
30 years, and as a patrologist and theologian has lectured in many countries, including Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, France, Great Britain, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland.
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 ([http://www.editionsducerf.fr/html/fiche/ficheauteur.asp?n_aut=553
27 books], 150 articles, almost 700 reviews) have been translated into no less than 17 languages.<ref>[[Apostoliki Diakonia]]. ''[http://www.apostoliki-diakonia.gr/diakonia/15-7-2008/diakonia.htm 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>
* ''[http://www.amazon.com/Elder-Sergie-Vanves-Life-Teachings/dp/0971413983/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345554808&sr=1-1&keywords=larchet+elder+sergei+of+vanves Elder Sergei of Vanves: Life and Teachings]'' (2012)
* ''[https://www.svspress.com/theology-of-the-body/ Theology of the Body]'' (2017)
===Books in French===
* Thérapeutique des maladies spirituelles (1991,
5th edition 2007) ISBN 2204055301* Théologie de la maladie (1991, 3rd edition 2001) ISBN 2204042900* Thérapeutique des maladies mentales. L’expérience de l’Orient chrétien des premiers siècles (1992, 3rd edition 2008) ISBN 2204045187
* Dieu ne veut pas la souffrance des hommes (1999, 2nd edition 2008) ISBN 2204086029
* La Vie après la mort selon la Tradition orthodoxe (2001, 2nd edition 2008) ISBN 220406713X
* La Vie sacramentelle (2014) ISBN 2204102822
* La Vie liturgique (2016) ISBN 2204106208
===Articles in english===