Prof Ivana Noble

Research Interests:

Ivana’s research interests include Ecumenical Theology, i.e. theology of different Christian traditions in conversation and Modern/Postmodern Orthodox Theology and Spirituality. She has been in charge of a project on Orthodox Theology in the West for 5 years. She is also interested in Hermeneutics, Theological Anthropology and Theology and the Arts. She is currently in charge of 6 years project under Charles University – Theological Anthropology in Ecumenical Perspective). Ivana is also a painter and occasionally publishes poetry.



Noble, Ivana, Širka, Zdenko et al.Кто есть человек? Богословская антропология. (Серия «Современное богословие»). Москва: Издательство ББИ, 2022. ISBN: 978-5-89647-419-7.

Noble, Ivana. Essays in Ecumenical Theology II: Conversations with Orthodoxy.. Leiden: Brill, 2022, pp. 438. ISBN: 978-90-04-51799-8

Noble, Ivana, Širka, Zdenko et al., Kdo je člověk? Teologická antropologie ekumenicky. {Who are People? Theological Anthropology Ecumenically} Praha: Karolinum, 2021, p. 344 [ISBN: 978-80-246-4779-1 (print)

Noble, Ivana. Essays in Ecumenical Theology I: Aims, Methods, Themes, and Contexts. Leiden – Boston: BRILL, 2019, viii + 286 pp. [ISBN: 978–90–04-38108-7]

Noble, Ivana, Noble, Tim, Bauerova, Kateřina a Parushev, Parush. Голоса православного богословия на Западe в ХХ веке, (Серия «Современное богословие»). – Москва: Издательство ББИ, 2019. – хii + 320 с. [ISBN 978-5-89647-389-3]

Noble, Ivana, Noble, Tim, Bauerová, Kateřina, and Parushev, Parush. Mnohohlas pravoslavné teologie ve 20. století na Západě {The Many Voices of the 20th Century Orthodox Theology in the West}. Brno: CDK, 2015, p. 295.

Noble, Ivana, Noble, Tim, Bauerová, Kateřina, and Parushev, Parush. Wrestling with the Mind of the Fathers. Yonkers, NY: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2015, p. 283.

Noble, Ivana, Bauerová, Kateřina, Noble, Tim, and Parushev, Parush. Cesty pravoslavné teologie ve 20. století na Západ.  Brno: CDK, 2012. p. 411.

English translation: Ways of Orthodox Theology in the West, SVS, Yonkers, NY, 2015.

Russian translation: Пути православного богословия на Запад в ХХ веке, – Москва: ББИ, 2016.

Noble, Ivana. Theological Interpretation of Culture in Post-Communist Context: Central and East European Search for Roots. Farnham – Burlington: Ashgate, 2010, p. 220.

Prize: The Competition of High-Quality Monographs of Charles University, Prague, 2012.

Noble, Ivana. Tracking God: An Ecumenical Fundamental Theology. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock,  2010, p.261.

Articles in the peer-reviewed Journals

  • Noble, Ivana. “Created to Be and to Become Human: A Christian Perspective”, in Theological Anthropology in Interreligious Perspective, eds. Lejla Demiri, Mujadad Zaman, Tim Winter, Christopher Schwöbel, Alexei Bodrov, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2022, 55-66.
  • Noble, Ivana. “Transfiguration and Freedom in the Theology of Light”, in Irina Yazykova (ed), Богословие свободы. Религиозно-антропологические основания свободы в глобальном контексте [Theology of Freedom. Religious and Anthropological Foundations of Freedom in a Global Context], Мoscow: Издательство ББИ, 2021, 43-61.
  • Noble, Ivana. “Hospitality: Jacques Derrida Reading Louis Massignon”, in Jelle Creemers and Ulrike Link-Wieczorek (eds), On Nations and the Churches: Ecumenical Responses to Nationalisms and Migration, Leipzig: Evangelische Verlag, 2020, 298-309.
  • Noble, Ivana, REIJNEN, Anne-Marie, BAUEROVÁ, Kateřina, “Newness in Theology: How to Tell a Fashion from a Paradigm Shift“, Cursor: Zeitschrift für explorative Theologie 1:1 (2020), 143-151. DOI 10.17885/heiup.czeth.2019.24010.
  • Noble, Ivana. “Jan Hus: Between Reform and Reformation ”, in Peter De Mey and Wim François (eds), Eccelsia Semper Reformada: Renewal and Reform beyond Polemics, Leuven – Paris – Bristol: Peeters, 2020, 397-412.
  • Noble, Ivana, NOBLE, Tim, “Open Sobornicity and Apophatic Anthropology. Modern Romanian Hesychasm and the Theologies of Fr Dumitru Stăniloae and Fr André Scrima”, in: Alina Pătru (ed.), Meeting God in the Other. Studies in Religious Encounter and Pluralism in Honor of Dorin Oancea on the Occasion of His 70thBirthday (Orientalia-patristica-Oecumenica 16). Berlin-Münster-Wien: LIT 2019, 423-435.
  • Noble, Ivana, ŠIRKA, Zdenko, “Doctrine of Deification in the Works of Cardinal Tomáš Špidlík and His Pupils”, Philotheos: International Journal for Philosophy and Theology 19:1(2019), 125-143.
  • Noble, Ivana. “Contemporary Religiosity and the Absence of Solidarity with Those in Need“, Journal of Nationalism, Memory & Language Politics 13:2 (2019), 1-15. DOI 10.2478/jnmlp-2019-0010, 1-15.
  • Noble, Ivana. “Contemporary Images of Holiness: Lessons from Leonardo Boff and Mother Maria (Gysi)“, Communio Viatorum 61:1 (2019), 5–14.
  • Noble, Ivana. “An Experiential Approach to Deification: Lessons Learned from Hesychasm, Ignatian Spirituality and (Post)Modern Mysticism”, in J. Arblaster and R. Faesen (eds), Theosis/ Deification: Christian Doctrines of Divinization East and West, Leuven – Paris – Bristol: Peeters, 2018, 73-93.
  • Noble, Ivana. “L’interprétation de l’hésychasme chez le Père Lev Gillet et le Métropolite Kallistos Ware”, Communio Viatorum 60:1 (2018), 62–73.
  • Noble, Ivana. “Η πρόσληψηη τηςΦιλοκαλίας, το νόημα της προσευχής και η νηπτική παράδοση στο έργο του Μητροπολίτη Κάλλιστου Ware“, in Η μαρτυρία της Ορθοδοξίας στη Δύση: Σύναξις Ευχαριστίας προς τιμήν του Μητροπολίτη Διοκλείας Κάλλιστου Ware. Eds. Pantelis Kalaitzidis and Nikolaos Asproulis. Volos: Ekdotiki Dimitriados, 2018, 147–162 {Reception of Philokalia, the Meaning of Prayer, the Neptic Tradition in the Work of Metropolitan Kallistos Ware}.
  • Noble, Ivana. “The Authority of Experience in The Hesychast Saints According to St Gregory Palamas: The Relationship Between Ontology and Epistemology Revisited”, Analogia : The Pemptousia Journal for Theological Studies 5:1 (2018), Special Series on St Gregory Palamas, Part 3, 83–96.
  • Noble, Ivana. “From Non-Recognition to Recognition: Ecclesial Perspectives”, in Just Do It? Recognition and Reception in Ecumenical Relations / Anerkennung und Rezeption im ökumenischen Miteinander, ed. Dagmar Heller and Minna Hietamäki, BÖR 117, Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2018, 177–189.
  • Noble, Ivana. « Jean Hus: La réforme de l’glise par la conversion de ses membres à l’esprit chrétien », in MALLÈVRE, Michel (ed), Penser les R/réformes aujourd’hui. Paris: Cerf, 2017, 87-99.
  • Noble, Ivana. “Embodied in the Landscape: How Places We Inhabit Shape Our Theology“, Communio Viatorum 59:2 (2017), 130-147.
  • Noble, Ivana. “Ре-формируя точкy зрения на христианское единство“, Страницы 21:3 (2017), 427-436 {Re-Forming the Vision of Christian Unity}.
  • Noble, Ivana. «Le Grand Concile Panorthodoxe: quelques remarques issues du ‹reste du monde chrétien› », Contacts 68:255 (Julliet-Septembre 2016), 348-351.
  • Noble, Ivana and NOBLE, Tim. “Hospitality as a Key to the Relationship with the Other in Levinas and Derrida”, Acta Universitatis Carolinae Theologica 6:2 (2016), 47-65.
  • Noble, Ivana. “The Tension between an Eschatological and a Utopic Understanding of Tradition: Tillich, Florovsky, and Congar”, Harvard Theological Review, 109 (2016), 400-421.
  • Noble, Ivana. “Three Orthodox Visions of Ecumenism: Berdyaev, Bulgakov, Lossky”, Communio Viatorum 57:2 (2015), 113–140. ISSN: 0010–3713.
  • Noble, Ivana. “Words and Music Born out of Silence. Liturgical and Hesychast Influences on lex orandi and lex credendi in Vladimir Lossky and Fr Dumitru Stǎniloae”, Questions Liturgiques/Studies in Liturgy 96:1-2(2015), 82–101.
  • Noble, Ivana. “L’avenir de la « diaspora » orthodoxe”, Contacts 65:243 (2013), 477-497.
  • o Greek translation: “Το μέλλον της ορθόδοξης “διασποράς” υπό το πρίσμα μιας παρατηρήτριας”, in Peter DE MEY and Michel STAVROU (eds), Καιρός συνεσταλμέωος το λοιπόν… Η μέλλουσα Πανορθόδοξη Σύνοδος. Ζητήματα – διλήμματα – προοπτικές, Athens: Enploe, 2015, 273-302.
  • o English translation: “The Future of the Orthodox “Diaspora”— An Observer’s Point of View“, St Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 60:1-2 (2016), 171–188.
  • Noble, Ivana. “History Tied Down by the Normativity of Tradition? Inversion of Perspective in the Orthodox Theology: Challenges and Problems“, in DICKINSON, Colby (ed), The Shaping of Tradition: Context and Normativity, Leuven – Paris – Valpole, MA: Peeters, 2013, 283-296.
  • Ivana Noble, “Свободата и креативността на човека в духовния живот според св. Симеон Нови Богослов и Св. Игнацио Лойола” [in Bulgarian: The Role of Human Freedom and Creativity in Spiritual Life according to St Symeon the New Theologian and St Ignatius of Loyola], Богословска Мисъл 16: 3–4 (2012), 22–44.
  • Noble, Ivana a NOBLE, Tim. “A Latin Appropriation of Christian Hellenism: Florovsky’s Marginal Note to Patristics and Modern Theology and Its Possible Addressee”, St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 56:3(2012), 269-288.
  • Noble, Ivana. “Re-imagining Religious Belonging:Ecumenical Responses to Changing Religiosity in Europe“, in NOBLE, Ivana, LINK-WIECZOREK, Ulrike a DE MEY, Peter (eds). Religiöse Bindungen – neu reflektiert: Ökumenische Antworten auf Veränderungen der Religiosität in Europa. Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2011, 19-36.
  • Noble, Ivana. “The Gift of Redemption: Vladimir Lossky and Raymund Schwager on Anselm of Canterbury”, Communio Viatorum 52:1 (2010), 48-67.