The Orthodox French theologian and historian Olivier Clément was born in 1921 in Aniane , Cévennes and died in Paris on January 15, 2009, aged 87. He was the most important witness of Orthodoxy in the Modern World, during the second half of the 20th century . Of the modern Orthodox theologians, he has proven to be the most open to the questions of modernity, always seeking to give answers in a dynamic and at the same time poetic way, based on the Tradition of the Church, but at the same time creative and renewing. He was one of those who discussed openly with important personalities of the spiritual world of his time, such as the Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras, Pope Jean - Paul II , the Romanian Theologian and cleric Fr. _ _ _ Riccardi founder of the community of Sant Egidio , the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
After personal searches in the field of atheism and Asian religions, at the end of the 40s, he will discover, through his texts Berdia y ev and his Lossky , the paternal theological thought of the Orthodox East. He was baptized an Orthodox Christian at the age of 31. He teaches History at the Lycée Luis - Le - Grand in Paris and, at the same time, for over 35 years, Comparative Theology and Moral Theology at the Institute of Saint Sergius. Honorary doctorate at the University of Louvain - La - Ne û ve , the Faculty of Theology in Bucharest and the University of Sacr é- Coeur in Connecticut , he also teaches at the Institute of Ecumenical Studies at the Paris Cathedral Center and the S è vres Center .
Olivier left a vast body of writing, which includes: Theology, Church History, Orthodox Spirituality and a great deal of writing, most notably in the magazine Contacts , of which he was Editor-in-Chief from 1959.
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