Prof. Aristotle PapanikolaouArchbishop Demetrios Chair in Orthodox Theology and Culture


    Professor Papanikolaou’s areas of expertise are Eastern Orthodox theology, Trinitarian theology, and religion in public life, developing an expertise on the relation between theological anthropology and virtue ethics. His on-going research interests include contemporary Orthodox theology (nineteenth and twentieth centuries) and Trinitarian theology. His current research agenda relates to theological anthropology. He was awarded a Sabbatical Grant for Researchers from the Louisville Institute for his project The Ascetics of War, which explores the relevancy of the Eastern Orthodox notion of virtue and the role of truth-telling for undoing the affective effects of war on the human person.


    Current courses include Honors Theology and Trinitarian theology. Professor Papanikolaou teaches in the undergraduate honors program, regularly offers the required first-year Theology course “Faith and Critical Reason”, and has taught the history of modern Christianity. He offers graduate seminars on a variety of aspects of contemporary theology.

    Select Publications

    Fundamentalism or Tradition: Christianity after Secularism, eds. Aristotle Papanikolaou and George Demacopoulos (Fordham University Press, 2020).

    Political Theologies in Orthodox Christianity: Common Challenges – Divergent Positions, eds. Kristina Stoeckl, Ingeborg Gabriel, and Aristotle Papanikolaou (Bloomsbury: T&T Clark, 2017).

    Christianity, Democracy, and the Shadow of Constantine, eds. Aristotle Papanikolaou and George Demacopoulos (Fordham University Press, 2017). (2017 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award in Theology)

    Orthodox Constructions of the ‘West’, eds. George Demacopoulos and Aristotle Papanikolaou (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013).

    Orthodox Readings of Augustine, eds. George Demacopoulos and Aristotle Papanikolaou (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2008).

    “Theosis,” The Oxford Handbook of Mystical Theology, eds. Edward Howells and Mark A. McIntosh (Oxford University Press, 2020): 569-85.

    “Orthodox Christianity and Political Theology: Thinking Beyond Empire,” (with Nathaniel Wood), T&T Clark Handbook of Political Theology, ed. Rubén Rosario Rodríguez (London: T&T Clark, 2020): 337-54.

    “Orthodoxe Theologie, liberale Demokratie und Menschenrechte,” Religion & Gesellschaft in Ost und West 12 (2018): 18-20.

    “Sex, Marriage, and Theosis,” The Wheel 13/14 (2018): 91-97.

    “The Ascetics of War: The Undoing and Redoing of Virtue,” Orthodox Christian Perspectives on War, eds. Perry T. Hamalis and Valerie A. Karras (University of Notre Dame Press, 2017): 13-36.

    The Mystical as Political: Democracy and Non-Radical Orthodoxy (Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2012).

    “Contemporary Orthodox Currents on the Trinity,” Oxford Handbook on the Trinity, eds. Gilles Emery OP and Matthew Levering (Oxford University Press, 2011), 328-38.

    “Integrating the ascetical and the eucharistic: current challenges in Orthodox ecclesiology,” International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church 11:2 (2011): 173-87.

    Being with God: Trinity, Apophaticism, and Divine-Human Communion (Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2006).

    “Liberating Eros: Confession and Desire,” The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 26:1 (Spring/Summer 2006): 115-36.



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