Marriage as the Arena of Salvation

An Ecclesiological Study of the Marital Regulation in the Canons of the Council in Trullo


by David Heith-Stade


Paperback (June 2011)

ISBN: 978-1-933275-55-0

Price: $14.95 + S&H (USD)


Despite the importance of canon law in the life of the Eastern Orthodox Churches, there has not been a study of the ecclesiology of the canons regulating marriage. Marriage is an object of right regulated both by civil law and the canon law of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Marriage as an object of right is at the intersection of two legal orders — the ecclesial and the civil. The canonical regulation of marriage as an object of right confronts us with a twofold ecclesiological problem: (a) how does the Church perceive the civil legal order in relation to its own legal order; and, (b) how is the self-understanding of the Church, i.e. its ecclesiology, reflected in its canon law? Thus, the ecclesiological problem examined in this study is the question of how the ecclesial polity (politeuma), as the Eucharistic ekklēsia of the people (laos) of the new covenant, actualizes itself as taxis within a concrete society. The hypothesis is that the aim of the ecclesial polity is covenant holiness, and, furthermore, that the aim of the canonical taxis is to establish and maintain covenant holiness within the concrete socio-historical setting of the ecclesial polity. By actualization, this means the diachronic institutional process whereby the ecclesial polity subsists in a society as an institution determined by its finality and institutional potentiality.



David Heith-Stade was born in 1984 in Gothenburg, Sweden. He holds a Master of Theology and Bachelor of Arts from Uppsala University. He is since 2010 working on a doctoral thesis about Greek Orthodox canon law at Lund University. He has published several scholarly articles on subjects relating to Greek Orthodox canon law and theology. He is also a translator and has translated The Mystery of Faith by Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk into Swedish. He is, furthermore, involved in the Chrysostomos Project aimed at producing an official Swedish translation of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom for use in the Finnish Orthodox Diocese of Helsinki, Finland.