Kariatlis depicts a fascinating history of the Christian Church, which includes, together with the past and present, its future. Indeed, the central theme of his book (koinonia as gift and goal) becomes the pretext for a comprehensive analysis of the Church in the light of its historical developments and contemporary structures. Nevertheless, it likewise points to the yet unachieved spiritual maturity of the ecclesial context, inviting a serious meditation on the role of the Church in the world.’
Revd Dr Doru Costache
St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College
Kariatlis employs his considerable scholarly gifts to draw attention to an important and heretofore little-explored dynamic within the theology and life of the Orthodox Church. In an age of information, where both the glory of the Church as well as the failings of its members are so widely known, it is vital that we understand the
Church’s oneness, holiness, catholicity, and apostolicity, as both a gift and a goal.
Philip Kariatlis is a lecturer of theology at St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College, Sydney, Australia. In 2010 he received his doctorate in Ecclesiology from the Sydney College of Divinity. His research interests lie in Church doctrine, specifically its existential and salvific significance. He translated the doctoral dissertation of Archbishop Stylianos (Harkianakis) entitled The Infallibility of the Church in Orthodox Theology (2008). He is a member of the Faith and Unity Commission of the National Council of Churches.