Analogia: A new proposal and invitation for theological dialogue from Pemptousia

Analogia: A new proposal and invitation for theological dialogue from Pemptousia


For years now, Pemptousia has operated as an electronic magazine, promoting and providing insight into the dialogue between religion, culture and the sciences. Our starting point, of course, has always been Orthodox Christian Tradition as this has been expressed over the centuries. The most sublime expression of our Tradition is the Theology of the Fathers of the Church. Throughout its years of service, Pemptousia has hosted a large number of theological articles and interviews, though it has not, so far, expressed its theological interests in a clearly academic manner. This long-awaited moment has now arrived and Pemptousia is in a position to present its latest progeny: Analogia.

Analogia ( is a peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to the scholarly exposition and discussion of the theological principles of the Christian faith. A distinguishing feature of this journal will be the effort to advance a dialogue between Orthodox Christianity and the views and concerns of Western modes of theological and philosophical thought. A key secondary objective is to provide a scholarly context for the further examination and study of common Christian sources.

issue1_frontThough theological and philosophical topics of interest are the primary focus of the journal, the content of Analogia will not be restricted to material that originates exclusively from these disciplines. Insofar as the journal seeks to cultivate theological discourse and engagement with the urgent challenges and questions posed by modernity, topics from an array of disciplines will also be considered, including the natural and social sciences. As such, solicited and unsolicited submissions of high academic quality containing topics of either a theological or interdisciplinary nature will be encouraged.

In an effort to facilitate dialogue, provision will be made for peer-reviewed critical responses to articles that deal with high-interest topics. Analogia strives to provide an interdisciplinary forum wherein Christian theology is further explored and assumes the role of an interlocutor with the multiplicity of difficulties facing modern humanity.

Analogia is printed three times a year, in September, January, and May.

The Analogia Journal for Theological Studies is the academic arm of the acclaimed web magazine PEMPTOUSIA (,

Both Pemptousia and Analogia are published by St Maxim the Greek Institute (

Editorial Team 

Senior Editor

Very Rev. Prof. Nicholas Loudovikos

University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki, Greece; University of Winchester, UK; Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge, UK.

Assistant Editor

Rev. Dr Demetrios Harper

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Winchester, UK.

Managing Editor

Maria L. Tsafaridou

PhD candidate, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; MSc, Dundee University, UK.

Copy Editors

Erin Kalish

Bridgewater State University, Massachusetts, USA.

Rev. Kristian Akselberg, DPhil candidate, Pembroke College, University of Oxford, UK.

Editorial Board 

  • Rev. Dr Andreas Andreopoulos, University of Winchester, UK
  • Dr Constantinos Athanasopoulos, Open University, UK
  • Prof. David Bradshaw, University of Kentucky, USA
  • Dr Mary Cunningham, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Prof. Georgios, Filias National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
  • Rev. Prof. Porphyrios Georgi, University of Balamand, Lebanon
  • Dr Christos Karakolis, University of Athens, Greece; North-West University, South Africa
  • Ass. Prof. Nikolaos Koios, University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Dr Sotiris Mitralexis, Istanbul Şehir University, Turkey
  • Prof. Emeritus Stavros Mpalogiannis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Dr Marcus Plested, Marquette University, USA
  • Dr Norman Russell, Heythrop College, UK
  • Dr Christopher Schneider, Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies Cambridge, UK
  • Dr Dionysios Skliris, Université Paris-Sorbonne, France
  • Rev. Prof. Manuel Gonçalves Sumares, Εditor of the Journal, Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia, Portugal; The Catholic University of Portugal (Braga)
  • Dr Alexis Torrance, University of Notre Dame, USA

Advisory Board 

  • Paul Blowers, Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Milligan College, USA
  • Peter Bouteneff, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, USA
  • Scott Cairns, University of Missouri, USA
  • Dan Chitoiu, Al.I. Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
  • Prof. Constantin Coman, University of Bucharest, Romania
  • Very Rev. Dr Maximos Constas, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, USA
  • Emeritus Tristram Engelhardt, Rice University and Baylor College, Houston, USA; Editor-in-Chief of Christian Bioethics and The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy
  • John Farina, George Mason University, USA
  • Very Rev. Dr Cyril Hovorun, Stockholm School of Theology, Sweden; Columbia University, USA; National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine
  • Georgi Kapriev, Editor-in-Chief of Philosophia: E-Journal of Philosophy and Culture
  • Elias Kattan, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany
  • Very Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Klapsis, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, USA
  • Dr Jean-Claude Larchet, Patrologist
  • Emeritus Georgios Mantzaridis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Very Rev. Dr Christopher Metropoulos, President of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, USA
  • Dr Chrisostomos Nassis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Robert Nelson, Yale University, USA
  • Very Rev. Prof. Grigorios Papathomas, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
  • Prof. Vladan Perisic, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Dr Mariyan Stoyadinov, University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria
  • Very Rev. Dr Vasilios Thermos, University Ecclesiastical Academy of Athens, Greece
  • Dr Niki Tsironi, Centre for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University, USA; Institute for Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Greece
  • Dr Ilias Vavouras, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; Editor of Philosophein and Dianoesis
  • Right Rev. Prof. Emeritus Athanasios Yevtich, Former Bishop of Zahumlje – Herzegovina; University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Prof. Emeritus Christos Zerefos, University of Athens, Greece; Member of the Academy of Athens, Greece

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Pemptousia and OCN have entered a strategic partnership to bring Orthodoxy Worldwide. Greek philosophers from Ionia considered held that there were four elements or essences (ousies) in nature: earth, water, fire and air. Aristotle added ether to this foursome, which would make it the fifth (pempto) essence, pemptousia, or quintessence. The incarnation of God the Word found fertile ground in man’s proclivity to beauty, to goodness, to truth and to the eternal. Orthodoxy has not functioned as some religion or sect. It was not the movement of the human spirit towards God but the revelation of the true God, Jesus Christ, to man. A basic precept of Orthodoxy is that of the person ­– the personhood of God and of man. Orthodoxy is not a religious philosophy or way of thinking but revelation and life standing on the foundations of divine experience; it is the transcendence of the created and the intimacy of the Uncreated. Orthodox theology is drawn to genuine beauty; it is the theology of the One “fairer than the sons of men”. So in "Pemptousia", we just want to declare this "fifth essence", the divine beaut in our life. Please note, not all Pemptousia articles have bylines. If the author is known, he or she is listed in the article above.