Ecclesiasticus I

Introducing Eastern Orthodoxy


by Protopresbyter Geoge Dion. Dragas


Paperback (March 2004)

ISBN: 0-9745618-3-5

Price: $13.95 + S&H (USD)


The central theme of the Church provides the basis for the collection of statements and essays in this book. They were produced for various occasions and are designed to reach the lay Christian. Two or three of them, however, attempt to go deeper into the wonderful but complex mystery of the Church. Orthodox Christians will find them useful in considering some central perspectives of their ecclesiastical heritage. It will help non-Orthodox Christians to acquaint themselves with Orthodox ways of thinking concerning the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and, thus, facilitate contemporary dialogue and rapprochement. This provides starting-points for further thought, discussion and inquiry.



Protopresbyter George Dion. Dragas, Ph.D., D.D. (Hon.), Δ.Θ. (Hon.) is Professor of Patrology/Patristics at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was born in Athens, Greece, where he received his first education and studied science. He pursued Theological Studies at Edinburgh University (B.D.), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Th.) and Durham University, England (Ph.D.).

He taught Patristics at Durham University in England from 1974 – 1995. Since 1995, he has been teaching at Holy Cross in Brookline. At present, he is also Visiting Professor at Sherbrooke Université and Université Laval in Quebec, Canada, and at the University of Balamand (Lebanon), St. John of Damascus School of Theology.

He is a specialist on St. Athanasius and the Alexandrian theologians and is responsible for updating with critical introductions the Athens reprint of Migne's Patrologia Græca (about 150 volumes published so far).

He is a member of the Academie Internationale des Sciences Religieuses (Brussels) and has been involved in Ecumenical Dialogues for many years as representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

In 2000, the Faculty of Theology of the St. Klement National University of Sofia, Bulgaria conferred on him the degree of Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) Honoris causa. In 2005, he was honored with another honorary Theology Doctorate by the Aristotle University of Thessalonike in Greece. In 2006, he received the Aristeion (top award for academic excellence) of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.