Alexis Torrance

Alexis Torrance

Assistant Professor
Archbishop Demetrios College Chair of Byzantine Theology
History of Christianity

Education

BA, MA, MSt, DPhil, University of Oxford.

Research and Teaching Interests

Alexis Torrance specializes in the field of Byzantine Theology. His work concentrates on monastic theology, sanctity, and the history of doctrine. He likewise has a strong interest in modern Eastern Orthodox thought and East-West relations. His first monograph is entitled Repentance in Late Antiquity: Eastern Asceticism and the Framing of the Christian Life, ca. 400–650. He recently co-edited an interdisciplinary volume on Individuality in Late Antiquity and is currently working on a monograph with the tentative title, Holy Persons: The Human Ideal in Byzantine Theology.

Recent Publications

Books:

Co-edited with J.Zachhuber. 2014. Individuality in Late Antiquity. Aldershot: Ashgate.

2013. Repentance in Late Antiquity: Eastern Asceticism and the Framing of the Christian Life, ca. 400–650. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
[Romanian Translation] Pocăința în Antichitatea târzie. Asceza la părinții răsăriteni și organizarea vieții creștine (cca 400-650 d.Hr.), translated from the English by Dragoş Dâscă . Colecţia Patristica, seria Studii, nr. 9: Editura Doxologia.

Book Chapters:

2016 “Repentance and Divine Mercy in the Monastic Community: The Monks of Gaza” in L. D’Ayala Valva et al. (eds.), Mercy and Forgiveness: Proceedings of the XXIII International Ecumenical Conference on Orthodox Spirituality (Edizioni Qiqajon – Communità di Bose), 151–167 (in Italian).
 
2016 “Atonement in the Ascetic Fathers” in M. Baker, S. Danckaert, and N. Marinides (eds.), On the Tree of the Cross: The Patristic Doctrine of Atonement (Jordanville, NY: Holy Trinity Publications), 89–100.
 
2016 “Barsanuphius, John, and Dorotheos on Scripture: Voices from the Desert in Sixth Century Gaza” in M. Baker and M. Mourachian (eds.), What is the Bible?: The Patristic Doctrine of Scripture (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press), 67–82.
 
2015 * “The Theology of Baptism in TF Torrance and its Ascetic Correlate in St Mark the Monk” in M. Baker and T. Speidell (eds.), T. F. Torrance and Eastern Orthodoxy: Theology in Reconciliation (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock), 148–162.
 
2015. “‘Seeking Salvation’: Jonathan Edwards and Nicholas Cabasilas on the life in Christ” in K. C. Strobel (ed.), The Ecumenical Edwards. Aldershot: Ashgate.
 
2015. “Barsanuphius, John, and Dorotheos on Scripture: Voices from the Desert in Sixth Century Gaza” in S. Danckaert and M. Baker (eds.), What is the Bible? Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.
 
2015. “Atonement in the Ascetic Fathers” in S. Danckaert and N. Marinides (eds.), On the Tree of the Cross: The Patristic Doctrine of Atonement. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.
 
2015. “Les inédits de Georges Florovsky dans les archives de l’Université de Princeton” in J. van Rossum (ed.), Actes du colloque international à l’occasion du 30e anniversaire de la mort du P. Georges Florovsky.

2014. “Individuality and Identity-Formation in Late Antique Monasticism” in A. Torrance and J. Zachhuber (eds.), Individuality in Late Antiquity, 111-127Aldershot: Ashgate

2012. “Individualität und monastische Identitätskonstruktion in der Spätantike” in W. Gräb and L. Charbonnier (eds.), Individualität, 74-102. Berlin: Berlin University Press.

2011. “‘I must decrease’: Spiritual Direction and Power in the Orthodox Tradition” in F. Soumakis (ed.),Power and Authority in Eastern Christian Experience, 61-69. New York: Theotokos Press.

2011. “Repentance as the context of sainthood in the ascetical theology of Mark the Monk” in P. Clarke and T. Claydon (eds.), Saints and Sanctity, Studies in Church History Vol. 47, 80-89. Oxford: Boydell & Brewer.

Articles:

2017 “‘Assuming Our Nature Corrupted by Sin’: Revisiting Theodore the Studite on the Humanity of Christ,” Studia Patristica 65 (forthcoming).

2013. “The Theology of Baptism in TF Torrance and its Ascetic Correlate in St Mark the Monk,”Participatio 4 (2013), 147–161.

2013. “The Angel and the Spirit of Repentance: Hermas and the Early Monastic Concept of Metanoia,”Studia Patristica 64:12 (2013), 15–20.

2013. “The Love-Hate Relationship: Christ’s commandment of hatred (Lk 14:26) in the theology of Archimandrite Sophrony (Sakharov),” Journal of the Orthodox Center for the Advancement of Biblical Studies 5:1, 1–6.

2011. “Personhood and Patristics in Orthodox Theology: Reassessing the Debate,” The Heythrop Journal 52:4 (2011), 700–707.

Contact

339 Malloy Hall
574-631-0755
Email: 
atorran1@nd.edu