Fr. PhD Senior Lecturer Nicolae Răzvan Stan (editor), The light and its meanings in Orthodox theology and spirituality, Craiova, 2020

The light is one of the most complex and profound themes of Orthodox theology and spirituality. Through the contents and nuances she knows, she refers to a multitude of theological realities because it cannot be summarized as a single subject. This is also the reason why light remains permanently a current theme, full of mystery and inexhaustible as an approach and as an experience, which attracts with great intensity theologies to a broader understanding and sharing of what it presupposes and expresses.

Through its theology and spirituality, the Orthodox Church bears witness to God – Light, Jesus Christ – The light of the world, the divine light, the dignity of the Christian son of light, the knowledge of God in light, the sight of divine light and many other subjects centered on light. and the multiple meanings it presents as a theological theme.

Taking into account all these clarifications and wishing to make a significant contribution to specifying the significance and importance of light for Orthodox theology and spirituality, a series of theological meetings and debates on light were organized at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Craiova. The first and most important event organized in this regard is the International Symposium: “The light and its meanings in Orthodox theology and spirituality”, Craiova, October 28-29, 2015, attended by a number of theologians from the country and abroad. Through this volume we bring before the readers some of the papers presented during these events.

The studies contained in this volume offer a wide range of approaches and analyzes regarding the meanings and importance of light in Orthodox theology and spirituality. A number of extremely important topics for Orthodox theology are clarified and pointed out, but at the same time, many perspectives are open for further research. It is these realities that make us consider that this work will impose itself as a reference in the theological issue of light and, therefore, it is self-recommended.