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[[Image:Pelikan.jpg|right|thumb|200px|Dr. Jaroslav Pelikan]]'''Jaroslav Jan Pelikan''' ([[December 17]], 1923–[[May 13]], 2006) was one of the world's leading scholars in the history of Christianity and authored more than 30 books including the five-volume ''The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine'' (
1971-1989). Pelikan gave the 1992–93 [[w:Gifford lectures|Gifford lectures]] at the University of Aberdeen, which yielded the book ''Christianity and Classical Culture''. He was the Sterling Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University where he served on the faculty from 1962 to 1996, and was the president of the [[w:American Academy of Arts and Sciences|American Academy of Arts and Sciences]] from 1994 to 1997.
Born in Akron, Ohio, as the son of a Slovak Lutheran pastor and a Serbian mother, Pelikan joined the [[Orthodox Church in America]] on [[March 25]], 1998.
In 2004, having received the [[w:Kluge Prize|John W. Kluge Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Human Sciences]], Pelikan donated his award to [[St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary (Crestwood, New York)|Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary]], of which he
is a trustee.
On May 13, 2006, Jaroslav Pelikan reposed, after a long battle with lung cancer. The funeral was May 17 in the seminary chapel of St. Vladimir's Seminary.
Quotes==:''What is the difference between [[Tradition]] and Traditionalism? Tradition is the living faith of the dead. Traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.''
:''For those who believe that you don't need tradition because you have the [[Bible]], the Christian Tradition has sought to say, "You are not entitled to the beliefs you cherish about such things as the [[Holy Trinity]] without a sense of what you owe to those who worked this out for you." To circumvent Saint [[Athanasius the Great|Athanasius]] on the assumption that if you put me alone in a room with the [[New Testament]], I will come up with the doctrine of the Trinity, is naive. So for these readers I have tried to provide a degree of historical sophistication, which is, I believe, compatible with an affirmation of the central doctrines of Christian faith.''
*''The Melody of Theology: A Philosophical Dictionary''
*''The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century'' (Foreword) ISBN 0807013013
*''The Riddle of Roman Catholicism''
*''The World Treasury of Modern Religious Thought''
*''What Has Athens to Do with Jerusalem?: Timaeus and Genesis in Counterpoint'' (Thomas Spencer Jerome Lectures) ISBN 0472108077
* [http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaroslav_Pelikan Jaroslav Pelikan article in German]* [http://www.yale.edu/
history/ faculty/ pelikan. html Yale History Faculty: Jaroslav Pelikan]*[http://www.thelutheran.org/article/ article_buy.cfm?article_id=1897 Pelikan to Orthodox church] by Roger Kahle and Amy Sitze of ''thelutheran.org'' (subscription only)* [http://www.loc.gov/ loc/ kluge/ pelikan.html Announcement of Kluge Award]* "[http://midwestdiocese.org/heritage/resources/the_future_of_our_past The Future of Our Past]" - originally published in ''The Orthodox Church'' (OCA newspaper)*[http://www.ctinquiry.org/publications/pelikan.htm The Predicament of the Christian Historian] by Jaroslav Pelikan