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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.]]
 
[[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 1949, Dr. Larchet holds doctorates in philosophy (1987) and theology (1994) from the University of Strasbourg. 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]] have been translated into no less than 12 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> Dr. Larchet converted to the [[Orthodox Church]] from the [[Roman Catholic Church]] at the age of 21.<ref>Fr. Felix Culpa. ''[http://ishmaelite.blogspot.com/2009/05/jean-claude-larchet.html Jean-Claude Larchet].'' '''ORA ET LABORA'''. May 10, 2009.</ref>
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Dr. '''Jean-Claude Larchet''' is a French Orthodox researcher who is one of the foremost Orthodox [[Patristics]] scholars writing today.  
  
==Authorship==
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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)]].
The author of [http://www.editionsducerf.fr/html/fiche/ficheauteur.asp?n_aut=553 fifteen books], his three volumes on St [[Maximos the Confessor]] are widely acknowledged as among the best studies of this great saint and theologian published in any language:
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* {{fr icon}} ''[http://www.editionsducerf.fr/html/fiche/fichelivre.asp?n_liv_cerf=1288 La Divinisation de l'homme selon saint Maxime le Confesseur]'' (1996)
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* {{fr icon}} ''[http://www.editionsducerf.fr/html/fiche/fichelivre.asp?n_liv_cerf=1303 Maxime le Confesseur, médiateur entre l'Orient et l'Occident]'' (1998)
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* {{fr icon}} ''[http://www.editionsducerf.fr/html/fiche/fichelivre.asp?n_liv_cerf=6110 Saint Maxime le Confesseur]'' (2003)
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===Series on Illness and Healing===
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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.  
Equally remarkable is his three-part series on illness and healing in the Patristic tradition:
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* {{fr icon}} ''[http://www.editionsducerf.fr/html/fiche/fichelivre.asp?n_liv_cerf=1907 Théologie de la maladie]'' (1991)
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* {{fr icon}} ''[http://www.editionsducerf.fr/html/fiche/fichelivre.asp?n_liv_cerf=1914 Thérapeutique des maladies mentales]'' (1992)
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* {{fr icon}} ''[http://www.editionsducerf.fr/html/fiche/fichelivre.asp?n_liv_cerf=1967 Thérapeutique des maladies spirituelles]'' (1997).  
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The first two volumes have appeared in English translation under the titles:
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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.
* ''[http://www.amazon.com/Theology-Illness-Jean-Claude-Larchet/dp/0881412392/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1241808962&sr=8-1 The Theology of Illness]'' (2002), and
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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>
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==Authorship==
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===Books translated in english===
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* ''[http://www.amazon.com/Theology-Illness-Jean-Claude-Larchet/dp/0881412392/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1241808962&sr=8-1 The Theology of Illness]'' (2002)  
 
* ''[http://www.amazon.com/Mental-Disorders-Spiritual-Healing-Teachings/dp/159731045X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1241808962&sr=8-2 Mental Disorders and Spiritual Healing]'' (2005).  
 
* ''[http://www.amazon.com/Mental-Disorders-Spiritual-Healing-Teachings/dp/159731045X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1241808962&sr=8-2 Mental Disorders and Spiritual Healing]'' (2005).  
Unfortunately, the third volume – the masterpiece of the trilogy, and the heftiest (864 pages in French) – has not yet appeared in English, however according to Dr. Larchet an English translation of ''"The Therapy of Spiritual Illness"'' is forthcoming from [http://www.alexanderpress.com/ Alexander Press].<ref group="note">The third volume of Dr. Larchet's trilogy – ''The Therapy of Spiritual Illness'' - has been released in Greek translation by [[Apostoliki Diakonia]] (the official imprint of the [[Church of Greece]]) under the title:<br>
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* ''[http://www.alexanderpress.com/downloads/Larchet%20Spiritual%20Illness%20blurb.pdf Therapy of Spiritual Illnesses]'' (2012)
:* {{el icon}} ''[http://www.apostoliki-diakonia.gr/bookshop/ItemShowDetails.aspx?productID=971 Η θεραπευτική των πνευματικών νοσημάτων - Εισαγωγή στην ασκητική παράδοση της Ορθοδόξου Εκκλησίας]''  
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* ''[http://www.amazon.com/after-Death-according-Orthodox-Tradition/dp/1933275626/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345554674&sr=8-1&keywords=larchet+life+after+death Life after death according to the Orthodox Tradition]'' (2012)
The Greek edition (in two volumes) was officially released at a major function held in Athens on Wednesday, April 7, 2009, attended by over 200 people, including several hierarchs, many clergy, and representatives of the [http://www.theol.uoa.gr/ Theology Faculty of the University of Athens]. The event was opened by Metropolitan Damaskinos, a member of the Holy Synod, who read a letter of greeting from the Primate of the Church of Greece, Archbishop [[Ieronymos II (Liapis) of Athens|Ieronymos II of Athens and All Greece]]. Further remarks were offered by Bishop Agathangelos, general editor of [[Apostoliki Diakonia]]; Metropolitan [[Hierotheos (Vlachos) of Nafpaktos|Hierotheos of Nafpaktos]], who is well known for his own works written in a similar vein; Hieromonk Damianos of Mt Athos, who is trained both as a doctor and a theologian; Stylianos Papadopoulos, professor emeritus of patrology at the Theological Faculty of the University of Athens; and, finally, the author himself, who expressed his gratitude to the translators and publishers of his work. On the following day Dr. Larchet was interviewed for the Church of Greece's radio station and received by His Beatitude, Archbishop Ieronymos.</ref>
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* ''[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)
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* ''[https://www.svspress.com/theology-of-the-body/ Theology of the Body]'' (2017)
  
===Articles===
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===Books in French===
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====Anthropology====
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* Thérapeutique des maladies spirituelles (1991, 5th edition 2007) ISBN 2204055301
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* Théologie de la maladie (1991, 3rd edition 2001) ISBN 2204042900
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* Thérapeutique des maladies mentales. L’expérience de l’Orient chrétien des premiers siècles (1992, 3rd edition 2008) ISBN 2204045187
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* Dieu ne veut pas la souffrance des hommes (1999, 2nd edition 2008) ISBN 2204086029
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* La Vie après la mort selon la Tradition orthodoxe (2001, 2nd edition 2008) ISBN 220406713X
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* Le Chrétien devant la maladie, la souffrance et la mort (2002) ISBN 2204070947
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* L’Inconscient spirituel (2005) ISBN 2204077879
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* Théologie du corps (2009) ISBN 2204090026
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* Malades des nouveaux médias (2016) ISBN 2204114868
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====Bioethics====
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* Pour une éthique de la procréation. Éléments d’anthropologie patristique (1998) ISBN 2204058580
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* Une fin paisible, sans douleur, sans honte... (2010) ISBN 2204091278
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====Spirituality====
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* Variations sur la charité (2007) ISBN 2204084751
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====Dogmatics====
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* Théologie des énergies divines (2010) ISBN 2204090085
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* Personne et nature (2011) ISBN 2204096237
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====Iconology====
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* L’Iconographe et l’artiste (2008) ISBN 220408476X
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====Byzantine Fathers====
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• La Vie et l’œuvre théologique de Grégoire II de Chypre (1241-1290), patriarche de Constantinople (2012) ISBN 2204097152
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• Introduction to Grégoire Palamas, Traités démonstratifs sur la procession du Saint-Esprit (2017) ISBN 2204116831
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His three volumes on St Maximos the Confessor are widely acknowledged as among the best studies of this great saint and theologian published in any language:
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* La Divinisation de l’homme selon saint Maxime le Confesseur (1996) ISBN 2204052493
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* Maxime le Confesseur, médiateur entre l’Orient et l’Occident (1998) ISBN 2204059498
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* Saint Maxime le Confesseur (580-662) (2003)ISBN 2204071560
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====Modern Saints and Elders====
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* Saint Silouane de l’Athos (2001, 2nd edition 2004) ISBN 2204065439
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* Le Starets Serge (2004) ISBN 2204076244
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* Le Patriarche Paul de Serbie. Un saint de notre temps (2014) ISBN 282514423X
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* Saint Gabriel, fol-en-Christ de Géorgie (2015) ISBN 2825145505
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====Ecclesiology====
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* L’Église, corps du Christ, I, Nature et structure (2012)ISBN 2204096245
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* L’Église, corps du Christ, II, Les relations entre les Églises (2012) ISBN 2204097721
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* La Vie sacramentelle (2014) ISBN 2204102822
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* La Vie liturgique (2016) ISBN 2204106208
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===Articles in english===
 
* ''[http://www.incommunion.org/2004/10/24/on-the-love-of-enemies/ On the Love of Enemies: The Teaching of St. Silouan].'' '''In Communion'''. (''Posted Sunday, October 24th, 2004'')
 
* ''[http://www.incommunion.org/2004/10/24/on-the-love-of-enemies/ On the Love of Enemies: The Teaching of St. Silouan].'' '''In Communion'''. (''Posted Sunday, October 24th, 2004'')
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* ''[http://www.oodegr.com/english/psyxotherap/love_enemies.htm But I say to you: Love your Ennemies].''
 
* ''[http://books.google.com/books?id=K0sbuf37A_UC&pg=PA188&lpg=PA188&dq=jean-claude+larchet&source=bl&ots=2eN9ZiTba0&sig=bs7Hijg5UnelPlioWHQfrrxhkWA&hl=en&ei=6YUESqGRNdOB_AbhiumdBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=8#v=onepage&q=jean-claude%20larchet&f=false The Question of the Roman Primacy in the Thought of Saint Maximus the Confessor].'' In: Cardinal Walter Kasper. '''The Petrine Ministry: Catholics and Orthodox in Dialogue: Academic Symposium Held at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity'''. The Newman Press, 2006. pp.188-209.
 
* ''[http://books.google.com/books?id=K0sbuf37A_UC&pg=PA188&lpg=PA188&dq=jean-claude+larchet&source=bl&ots=2eN9ZiTba0&sig=bs7Hijg5UnelPlioWHQfrrxhkWA&hl=en&ei=6YUESqGRNdOB_AbhiumdBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=8#v=onepage&q=jean-claude%20larchet&f=false The Question of the Roman Primacy in the Thought of Saint Maximus the Confessor].'' In: Cardinal Walter Kasper. '''The Petrine Ministry: Catholics and Orthodox in Dialogue: Academic Symposium Held at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity'''. The Newman Press, 2006. pp.188-209.
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• ''[http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2013/03/patristic-views-on-nature-and-status-of.html Patristic Views on the Nature and Status or Scientific Knowledge].''
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• ''[http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/99644.htm The Prophetic Role of Mount Athos in the Contemporary World].''
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
 
* [[Patristics]]
 
* [[Patristics]]
 
==Notes==
 
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==References==  
 
==References==  
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==Sources==
 
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* [http://ishmaelite.blogspot.com/2009/05/jean-claude-larchet.html Jean-Claude Larchet]. ''ORA ET LABORA''. Friday, May 8, 2009.
 
* [http://ishmaelite.blogspot.com/2009/05/jean-claude-larchet.html Jean-Claude Larchet]. ''ORA ET LABORA''. Friday, May 8, 2009.
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* [https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Claude_Larchet Wikipedia: Jean-Claude Larchet]
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* [http://orthpedia.de/index.php/Jean-Claude_Larchet OrthodoxInfo.de: Jean-Claude Larchet]
  
 
[[Category:Modern Writers|Larchet]]
 
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Archbishop 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 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, 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 Fathers of the Church and on Orthodox theology (27 books, 150 articles, almost 700 reviews) have been translated into no less than 17 languages.[1]

Authorship

Books translated in english

Books in French

Anthropology

  • 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
  • Le Chrétien devant la maladie, la souffrance et la mort (2002) ISBN 2204070947
  • L’Inconscient spirituel (2005) ISBN 2204077879
  • Théologie du corps (2009) ISBN 2204090026
  • Malades des nouveaux médias (2016) ISBN 2204114868

Bioethics

  • Pour une éthique de la procréation. Éléments d’anthropologie patristique (1998) ISBN 2204058580
  • Une fin paisible, sans douleur, sans honte... (2010) ISBN 2204091278

Spirituality

Dogmatics

Iconology

Byzantine Fathers

• La Vie et l’œuvre théologique de Grégoire II de Chypre (1241-1290), patriarche de Constantinople (2012) ISBN 2204097152 • Introduction to Grégoire Palamas, Traités démonstratifs sur la procession du Saint-Esprit (2017) ISBN 2204116831 His three volumes on St Maximos the Confessor are widely acknowledged as among the best studies of this great saint and theologian published in any language:

  • La Divinisation de l’homme selon saint Maxime le Confesseur (1996) ISBN 2204052493
  • Maxime le Confesseur, médiateur entre l’Orient et l’Occident (1998) ISBN 2204059498
  • Saint Maxime le Confesseur (580-662) (2003)ISBN 2204071560

Modern Saints and Elders

Ecclesiology

Articles in english

Patristic Views on the Nature and Status or Scientific Knowledge.The Prophetic Role of Mount Athos in the Contemporary World.

See also

References

  1. 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.

Sources