Orthodox Soteriology

Soteriology is the study of the Lord Jesus Christ’s economy of salvation–His salvific work through His Incarnation, Crucifixion, descent into Hades, Resurrection, Ascension, and glorious Second Coming. As such, this course will focus on these topics in relation to humanity and its participation in this economy. What does the fall in the Garden of Eden imply? What are the implications of this fall for contemporary life? How does this fall affect our paradigm, and how does Christ’s salvific work transform this paradigm? Understanding the context surrounding these questions, and more, will be the central focus of this course.


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Academic Dean of School of Theology
Stephen M. Meawad is currently adjunct professor of Catholic Studies at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. He completed his Ph.D. in Theology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA with a dissertation entitled “Spiritual Struggle and Gregory of Nyssa’s Theory of Perpetual Ascent: An Orthodox Christian Virtue Ethic.” His continued research interests incorporate Orthodox Christianity, Coptic practices, and modern western ethical, theological, and philosophical discourses. He currently resides in Connecticut with his wife and daughter.