Towards a Humanistic Theology of Youth Development: growing through the work of the Romanian theologian Dumitru Staniloae

in Journal of Youth and Theology
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This article will introduce to an international and ecumenical audience the Romanian Orthodox theologian Dumitru Staniloae and the Eastern Orthodox approach to salvation. By then correlating Staniloae's theology with current development theories it will demonstrate Orthodoxy's importance for issues young people's development and participation in society, primarily in developing countries. This will be accomplished by correlating Staniloae's Trinitarian theology with two increasingly important development test cases: increasing social capital and reducing corruption. A critical theme to be explored is Orthodoxy's ability to bridge the conceptual chasm between humanistic concerns of the development world (natural theology), and those of salvation and redemption (revealed theology) with several concomitant practical implications for youth work spelled out.

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