Associate Professor in Theology (Patristic Studies)

St Cyril's Coptic Orthodox Theological College

BTh, ThD (Patristics)

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.

Doru 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’s area of research interest includes Early Christian representations of reality; Experiences of holiness; Science, ethics, and theology; Traditional interpretations of Genesis 1-3; Transdisciplinarity; Wellbeing. His research strengths are in Patristic era and Patristic theology. Know more about his research (opens to