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.
Humankind and the Cosmos: Early Christian Representations
Dreams, Virtue and Divine Knowledge in Early Christian Egypt
Authors - Bronwen Neil, Doru Costache, Kevin Wagner, Cambridge University Press 2019
Reading Scripture in the Orthodox Church: The Festal Cycle
‘A Note on Evagrius’ Cosmological and Metaphysical Statements
In: The Journal of Theological Studies 71:2 (2020) 718-730.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.