The Team

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Associate Professor Doru Costache

Associate Professor in Theology (Patristic Studies), St Cyril's Coptic Orthodox Theological College
BTh, University of Bucharest ThD (Patristics), University of Bucharest

Protopresbyter Associate Professor Doru Costache was trained at the Radu Vodă Seminary, Bucharest, Romania (1983-1988). He has undertaken undergraduate studies (1989-1993) and doctoral studies (1995-1999) in Orthodox theology at the University of Bucharest. His doctoral thesis, publicly defended in March 2000, was on the anthropic cosmological principle interpreted from the viewpoint of a patristic theologian, Saint Maximus the Confessor, and a neopatristic theologian, Father Dumitru Stăniloae. He has over twenty years of tertiary teaching experience (the University of Bucharest, 1995-2004; the Sydney College of Divinity, 2005-to date), and was the Durham International Senior Research Fellow of Institute of Advanced Study, the University of Durham, Epiphany Term, 2018. He is an Honorary Associate of the Department of Studies in Religion, the School of Letters, Art and Media, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney.

Humankind and the Cosmos: Early Christian Representations (2021) is Doru’s latest book published by Brill. He is the co-author of Introducere în Dogmatica Ortodoxă (1997), Știință și Theologie: Preliminarii pentru Dialog (2001), Sfinții Părinți despre Originile și Destinul Cosmosului și Omului (2003), and Dreams, Virtue and Divine Knowledge in Early Christian Egypt(2019). He is the co-editor of Well-Being, Personal Wholeness and the Social Fabric (2017).

Doru was ordained to the diaconate in January 1997 and to the priesthood in May 2001, and is married with one daughter. He is the Protopresbyter of the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand and a minister at St Gregory the Theologian’s Mission in Mona Vale NSW.

  • 2021

    Humankind and the Cosmos: Early Christian Representations

    Brill 2021

  • 2019

    Dreams, Virtue and Divine Knowledge in Early Christian Egypt

    Authors - Bronwen Neil, Doru Costache, Kevin Wagner, Cambridge University Press 2019

  • 2019

    Reading Scripture in the Orthodox Church: The Festal Cycle

    AIOCS 2019

Book Chapters and Refereed Articles
  • 2020

    ‘A Note on Evagrius’ Cosmological and Metaphysical Statements

    In: The Journal of Theological Studies 71:2 (2020) 718-730.

  • 2020

    Maximus the Confessor and John Damascene’s cosmology

    In: John Slattery (ed). The T&T Clark Handbook of Christian Theology and the Modern Sciences (Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, 2020) 81-91.

  • 2020

    Andrew of Crete’s Great Canon, Byzantine Hermeneutics, and Genesis 1-3

    In: Andrew Mellas and Sarah Gador-Whyte (eds). Hymns, Homilies and Hermeneutics in Byzantium. Byzantina Australiensia 25 (Leuven and Boston: Brill, 2020) 67-85.

  • 2019

    The Orthodox Doctrine of Creation in the Age of Science

    In: Journal of Orthodox Christian Studies Vol 2 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019) 43-64.

  • 2019

    A Theology of the World: Dumitru Stăniloae, the Traditional Worldview, and Contemporary Cosmology

    In: Vasilios N. Makrides and Gayle Woloschak (eds). Orthodox Christianity and Modern Science: Tensions, Ambiguities, Potential. Science and Orthodox Christianity 1 (Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2019) 205-22.

  • 2019

    Christian Gnosis: From Clement the Alexandrian to John Damascene

    In: Garry W. Trompf, Gunner B. Mikkelsen, and Jay Johnston (eds). The Gnostic World (Routledge Worlds London and New York: Routledge, 2019) 259-70.

  • 2019

    Byzantine and Modern Orthodox Gnosis: from the Eleventh to the Twenty-First century

    In: Garry W. Trompf, Gunner B. Mikkelsen, and Jay Johnston (eds). The Gnostic World (Routledge Worlds London and New York: Routledge, 2019) 426-35.