The Doctrine of Salvation in Nicholas Cabasilas's "Life in Christ"

Oct 22, 2021
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Khaled AnatoliosUniversity of Notre Dame

THIS IS AN IN-PERSON EVENT. Open to current graduate students and University of Chicago Undergraduates. Others who are interested in participating should contact us. Copies of Life in Christ will be provided for registrants.

Life in Christ “originates in this life and arises from it. It is perfected, however, in the life to come, when we shall have reached the last day. It cannot attain perfection in men’s souls in this life, nor even in that which is to come without already having begun here.” 

So writes the 14th century Greek theologian Nicholas Cabasilas in The Life in Christ. This work is a classic, synthetic presentation of the Christian understood through the lens of the Byzantine Christian tradition. This master class will feature a disciplined reading of The Life in Christ led by Fr. Khaled Anatolios and will discuss Cabasilas’ soteriology found within the work.


Fr. Anatolios will also give a public lecture on Thursday, October 21 on The Salvific Power of the Inner Life of Christ: The Witness of the Ecumenical Councils.

For all events held at Gavin House, the Lumen Christi Institute follows Chicago Department of Public Health Guidance for in-person gatherings. Please see here for the city’s most up-to-date guidelines. These are guidelines subject to change.

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Khaled Anatolios is the John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He previously taught in the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, where he received a PhD and an STL. Prof. Anatolios is interested in all aspects of the theology of the early Church, with special emphases on the Trinitarian, Christological, and soteriological doctrines of the Greek fathers and Augustine; early Christian biblical exegesis; and the development of theological methodology in Patristic and medieval theology. He is the author of Retrieving Nicaea: The Development and Meaning of Trinitarian Doctrine and Deification through the Cross: An Eastern Christian Theology of Salvation.