The Romanian Institute
of Orthodox Theology and Spirituality, New York


Institutul Roman de Teologie si Spiritualitate Ortodoxa, New York

The Annual Ecumenical and Interdisciplinary Symposium


The Institute organizes annually, on the first weekend of December, an Ecumenical Symposium, where theologians, clergy, and lay people from various Christian denominations and experts in other fields in Humanities are invited to present papers on topics of contemporary interest. Selected presentations are published in Symposium. The first Symposium was held in 1993.

 

Institutul Roman de Teologie si Spiritualitate Ortodoxa din New York organizeaza in fiecare an, incepand din 1993, in primul week-end din Decembrie Simpozionul Ecumenic si Interdisciplinar unde teologi din diverse traditii crestine si experti din alte domenii umanistice prezinta lucrari pe teme de interes contemporan. O selectie din aceste prezentari este publicata in revista Symposium.

 


 

THE ACADEMY OF ROMANIAN SCIENTISTS

THE ROMANIAN INSTITUTE OF ORTHODOX THEOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY

METROPOLITAN COLLEGE OF NEW YORK 


 

The XXIVth Ecumenical Theological and Interdisciplinary Symposium

 

Knowledge and Enchantment: A World without Mystery?

 


Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

10:00 AM

 

Metropolitan College of New York

60 West Street, New York, NY 10006

Commons on First Floor

Subway: Rector Street on R or 1, Wall Street on 4 or 5 trains

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Adele Weiner, PhD

Dean of Audrey Cohen School for Human Services and Education, Metropolitan College of New York

Enchantment and Technology

 


Theodor Damian, PhD

Professor of Philosophy and Ethics, Metropolitan College of New York; President of the Romanian Institute of Orthodox Theology and Spirituality:

Sing a New Song to the World: The Never Ending Enchantment

 


Humphrey Crookendale, JD

Dean of School for Public Affairs and Administration, Metropolitan College of New York

Does Knowledge Mask Truth and Reality?

 


Richard Grallo, PhD

Professor of Applied Psychology, Metropolitan College of New York

Epictetus in the City

 


Louis Tietje, PhD

Professor of Ethics, Metropolitan College of New York

Equality of Opportunity and Social Justice

 


Doru Tsaganea, PhD

Professor of Mathematics, Metropolitan College of New York

From this Enchantment to Re-enchantment in Theoretical Physics

 


Alina Feld, PhD

Affiliate Faculty at the General Theological Seminary, New York

David G,. Leahy’s Novitas Mundi: The Good News of a World Renewed

 


David Rosner

Associate Professor of Values and Ethics, Metropolitan College of New York

The Artificial Enchantment of the World

 

 


GUESTS OF HONOR:

Vinton Thompson, PhD, President of Metropolitan College of New York

His Eminence Nicolae Condrea, PhD, Metropolitan of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas

 

MODERATOR:

Humphrey Crookendale, JD

Dean, School for Public Affairs and Administration, Metropolitan College of New York

 

DISCUSSANT:

David Rosner, Associate Professor of Values and Ethics, Metropolitan College of New York

 

 


“Spiritus” Art Gallery (Director Viorica Colpacci)

Works by Viorica Colpacci and other artists from the US and Romania

 

 



Knowledge and enchantment


It appears that knowledge has an epectatic dimension just like the endless progression of one’s enjoyment in the divine communion in God’s kingdom.

Yet one of the beauties of the world consists of its enchantment that is related to its mystery.

 

Do we enchant the world or is the world enchanting us? Who sings to whom?

We sing to the world when we celebrate its beauty and mystery, and the world sings to us from cradle to tomb when it envelopes us with the sound of the wind, of leaves and waves and of the stars.

 

And is knowledge an attempt to take the veil away, to desecrate the world’s mystery and beauty, its silence, or is it an attempt to better understand it in order to celebrate it more appropriately?

 

This topic invites such kind of questions and many others from different disciplines that complement each other and that together can help us adopt a better and more adequate position coram mundo and coram Deo.

Th.D.




 

 

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Proceedings

 

The proceedings of the symposia are being published in Symposium  (click here).


Please find contents and abstracts of papers presented and published in Symposium here.


Reportaje in limba romana aici



 

 

Past symposia

 

 

Knowledge and Enchantment: A World without Mystery?

The 24th Ecumenical Theological and Interdisciplinary Symposium, December 2016

Program

Symposium, Vol. XXIV/1, 2017  (click here)

 

Cultural Transparency and the Loss of Privacy in the Era of Digital Technology:

How Is This Shaping Our Becoming and the Ethical Dilemmas Related to It

The 23rd Ecumenical Theological and Interdisciplinary Symposium, December 2015

Program

Symposium, Vol. XXIII/1, 2016  (click here)

 

Remembering Peace: Justice, and Forgiveness in a Time of War

The 22nd Ecumenical Theological and Interdisciplinary Symposium, December 2014

Program

Symposium, Vol. XXII/1, 2015  (click here)

 

Vivat Academia! How Post-Modern Rhetoric Shapes our Understanding of Modern and Pre-Modern Values

The 21st Annual Ecumenical and Interdisciplinary Symposium, December 2013

Program

Symposium, Vol. XXI/1, 2014  (click here)

 

Time, Place and Self in Interdisciplinary Narratives

The 20th Annual Ecumenical and Interdisciplinary Symposium, December 2012

Program

Symposium, Vol. XX/1, 2013  (click here)

 

Alienation and Authenticity in Environments of the 21st Century: Technology, Person and Transcendence

The 19th Annual Ecumenical and Interdisciplinary Symposium, December 2011

Program

Symposium, Vol. XIX/1, 2012  (click here)

 

Meaning and Mystery: From the Philosophy of Knowledge to the Theology of Person

The 18th Annual Ecumenical and Interdisciplinary Symposium, December 2010    

Program

Symposium, Vol. XVIII/1, 2011  (click here)

 

Religion and Politics: The Human Society between the Power of God and the Power of Man

The 17th Annual Theological Ecumenical Symposium, December 2009    

Program  

Symposium, Vol. XVII/1, 2010  (click here)

 

Cult and Culture: The Transcendental Roots of Human Civilization

The 16th Annual Theological Ecumenical Symposium, December 2008    

Program              

Symposium, Vol. XVI/1, 2009  (click here)

 

Theology and Literature: The Deification of Imagination and Its Cathartic Function in Spiritual Growth

The 15th Annual Theological Ecumenical Symposium, December 2007    

Program

Symposium, Vol. XV/1, 2008  (click here)

 

The Glory of Knowledge: Construction and Deconstruction. When Human Quest Ends in Apophasis

The 14th Annual Theological Ecumenical Symposium, December 2006    

Program

Symposium, Vol. XIV/1, 2007  (click here)

 

Unity in Diversity: Can We Live Together in an Apocalyptic World?

The 13th Annual Theological Ecumenical Symposium, December 2005    

Program              

Symposium, Vol. XIII/1, 2006  (click here)

 

Globalization from A (Archeology) to S (Spirituality): What Is It and Who Needs It?

The 12th Annual Theological Ecumenical Symposium, December 2004    

Program              

Symposium, Vol. XII/1, 2005  (click here)

 

Science and Theology: New Challenges and Perspectives           

The 11th Annual Theological Ecumenical Symposium, December 2003    

Program              

Symposium, Vol. XI/1, 2004  (click here)

 

Contemporary Culture in the Light of Christian Spirituality at the Beginning of the Third Millennium. The Secular Realities and Spiritual Perspectives

10th Annual Theological Ecumenical Symposium, December 2002             

Program              

Symposium, Vol. X/1, 2003  (click here)

 

Prayer as Theology of the Mind and of the Heart for the Humanity in the New Millennium

The 9th Annual Theological Ecumenical Symposium, December 2001      

Program              

Symposium, Vol. IX/1, 2002  (click here)

 

Humanity in the Third Millennium and the Mystery of the Divine

The 8th Annual Theological Ecumenical Symposium, December 2000 

Program  

Symposium, Vol. VIII/1, 2001  (click here)

 

Jesus Christ as the Theandric Paradigm of Man's Restoration at the Dawn of the Third Millennium

The 7th Annual Theological Ecumenical Symposium, December 1999      

Program              

Symposium, Vol. VII/1, 2000  (click here)

 

The Theological Legacy of Fr. Dumitru Staniloae and its Ecumenical Actuality

The 6th Annual Theological Ecumenical Symposium, December 1998      

Program              

Symposium, Vol. VI/1, 1999  (click here)

 

Rediscovering God: The Relation between God and Man and its Significance for our Life Today

The 5th Annual Theological Ecumenical Symposium, December 1997      

Program              

Symposium, Vol. V/1, 1998  (click here)

 

Freedom and Responsibility in Contemporary Society

The 4th Annual Theological Ecumenical Symposium, December 1996      

Program              

Symposium, Vol. IV/1, 1997  (click here)

 

Divine Creation and Human Responsibility in the Context of Contemporary Ecological Preoccupations

The 3rd Annual Theological Ecumenical Symposium, December 1995      

Program              

Symposium, Vol. III/1, 1996  (click here)

 

Quo Vadis Homo? Salvation and the Modern World

The 2nd Annual Theological Ecumenical Symposium, December 1994     

Program              

Symposium, Vol. II/1, 1995  (click here)

 

Worship and Identity in our Contemporary Society

The First Annual Theological Ecumenical Symposium, December 1993    

Program              

Symposium, Vol. I/1, 1994  (click here)