Viorel Coman

Research interests

Viorel Coman is a FWO senior post-doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven (Belgium), where he is a member and secretary of the Research Unit Systematic Theology and the Study of Religions. His current post-doctoral research project explores André Scrima’s contribution to the ecumenical turn in Orthodox-Catholic relationships. Dr Coman’s previous FWO post-doctoral research (2017-2020) analyzed the interaction between the Orthodox Neo-Patristic Movement and the French Catholic Ressourcement through the lens of Receptive Ecumenism.

Viorel Coman holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from the University of Bucharest, Romania (2009), a Master in Theology from the same University (2011), a Master of Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion from KU Leuven (2012), and a Doctorate in Theology from KU Leuven (2016). His doctoral dissertation focused on Dumitru Stăniloae’s Trinitarian ecclesiology in the context of the Filioque debates. Further research interests include Trinitarian theology, pneumatology, ecclesiology, ecumenism, 20th-century Orthodox theology.

Dr. Viorel Coman is the secretary of the Societas Oecumenica – The European Society for Ecumenical Research.



Coman, V. (2019). Dumitru Stăniloae’s Trinitarian Ecclesiology: Orthodoxy and the Filioque. Lanham, MD: Fortress Academic/Lexington.

   Coman, V., Șelaru, S., and Gherga G. (2018), The Dogmatic Decrees of the Seven Ecumenical Councils.   București: Basilica [in Romanian].


Coman, V. (2021), “An Orthodox Theologian Observing Vatican II: André Scrima’s Contribution to Lumen Gentium VIII.” Journal of Eastern Christian Studies (accepted, forthcoming).

Coman, V. (2021). “Orthodox Neo-Patristic Theology and the West: Dumitru Stăniloae on the Holy Spirit in the Church.” Journal of Eastern Christian Studies (accepted forthcoming).

Coman, V. (2021). “The Union of Heart and Mind: A Christian Anthropological Theme and Its Current Relevance.” Communio Viatorum: a theological journal (accepted forthcoming).

Coman, V. (2021), “André Scrima’s Contribution to the Ecumenical Turn in Orthodox-Catholic Relationships: A Historical Reconstruction (1957-1967).” Orientalia Christiana Periodica 86:1-2, pp. 571-595.

Coman, V. (2020).  “André Scrima’s Ecumenical Vision and Its Relevance for the Post-Conciliar Orthodox Church.” St Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 64:3-4, pp. 181-210.

Coman, V. (2020). “The Orthodox Neo-Patristic Movement’s Encounter with the Christian ‘Other’: An Ecumenical Hermeneutics of Receptivity.” Theological Studies 81:3, pp. 717-740.

Coman, V. (2020). “Vladimir Lossky’s Involvement in the Dieu Vivant Circle and Its Journal.” Irish Thelogical Quarterly 85:1, pp. 45-63.

Coman, V. (2019). “Response To ‘Helpful Models of Theological, Moral, and Spiritual Discernment in Catholicism, Protestantism, and Orthodoxy by Katerina Bauer, František Štěch, and Michaela Kušnieriková.’” Acta Universitatis Carolinae Theologica 9:2, pp. 67-77.

Coman, V. (2019). “The Sacramentality of the Church in Dumitru Staniloae’s Theology.” Pro Ecclesia 27:2, pp. 203-224.

Coman, V. (2018). “Revisiting the Agenda of the Orthodox Neo-Patristic Movement.” Downside Review 136:2, pp. 99-117.

Coman, V. (2018). “20th-Century Hesychast Revival and Its Image of Holiness: A Critical Appraisal, [in Czech].” Teologická reflexe 24:1, pp. 46-56.

Coman, V. (2017). “Different Orthodox Perspectives on the Ecclesiological Ramifications of the Filioque: Trinitarian Ecclesiology and Eucharistic Ecclesiology.” Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies 58:1-4, pp. 1-22.

Coman, V. (2017). “Dumitru Stăniloae’s Theology of the World: Reflections on the Margins of the Relationship between Humankind and Creation.” Communio Viatorum 59:2, pp. 189-209.

Coman, V. (2016). “Le Saint-Esprit comme liaison de l’amour éternel entre le Père et le Fils: un cas de ‘sobornicité ouverte’ dans la théologie orthodoxe moderne.” Irenikon 89:1, pp 25-51.

Coman, V. (2016). “Learning Ecumenically from Each Other: ‘Open Sobornicity’ and ‘Receptive Ecumenism.” Perspectief: Katholieke Vereniging voor Oecumene 34, pp. 35-43.

Coman, V. (2014). “Dumitru Stăniloae on the Filioque: The Trinitarian Relationship between the Son and the Spirit, and Its Relevance for the Ecclesiological Synthesis between Christology and Pneumatology.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 49:4, pp. 553-576.

Coman, V. (2014). “Ecclesia de Trinitate: The Ecclesiological Synthesis between Christology and Pneumatology in Modern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Theology.” Studii Teologice 10:3, pp. 31-70.

Book Chapters:

Coman, V. (2021). “The Holy Spirit’s Presence in the Church: A Critical Analysis of the Pneumatology of Georges Florovsky, John Zizioulas, and Dumitru Staniloae” [in Romanian]. In: C. Jinga and N. Tanase (Eds.), Polis and Paideia. Bucharest: Romanian Academy Publishing House (accepted; forthcoming).

Coman, V. (2021). “Církev a věčnost (Church and Eternity). In: I. Noble, Z. Sirka (Eds.), Kdo je člověk? Teologická antropologie ekumenicky (Who is human being? A Theological Anthropology Ecumenically), Prague: Karolinum. pp. 292-306.

Coman, V. (2021), “A Critical Assessment of Georges Florovsky’s Notion of Christian Hellenism as philosophia perennis.” In: N. Asproulis, O. Sevastyanova (Eds.), Ex Patribus Lux: Essays on Orthodox Theological Anthropology and Georges Florovsky’s Theology. Volos Academy Publications. pp. 79-87.

Coman, V. (2020). “Neo-Patristic Movement.” In: Dictionnaire d’histoire et de géographie ecclésiastiques (33: 192-193a). Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 347-353.

Coman, V. (2020). “Constituția sacramentală a Bisericii în teologia părintelui Dumitru Stăniloae: O evaluare a relației dintre Hristos și Biserică [The Sacramental Nature of the Church in Dumitru Staniloae’s Theology: An Assessment of the Relationship between Christ and the Church].” In: Almanah bisericesc, Buzau: Editura Arhiepiscopia Buzaului si Vrancei, pp. 92-115.

Coman, V. (2019). “Logos-Christology and Spirit-Christology in the Debates Surrounding the Issue of the Filioque.” In: R. Bieringer, P. De Mey, M. Ibita (Eds.), The Spirit, Hermeneutics and Dialogues. Leuven: Peeters, pp. 181-200.

Coman, V. (2018). “Open Sobornicity and Receptive Ecumenism: Fruitful Models of Ecumenical Interaction.” In: D. Heller (Ed.), Just Do It? Recognition and Reception in Ecumenical Relations. Beihefte zur Ökumenischen Rundschau. Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, pp. 241-251.

Coman, V. and De Mey, P. (2017), “Beyond Christomonism and Patromonism: Revisiting Orthodox and Roman Catholic Ecclesiology by Learning from both Sides in the Filioque Debate.” In:G. Ayyaneth and P. Vysanethu (Eds.), Breathing with Two Lungs: Complementarity of the Orient and the Occident in Theologizing Today. Pune: Bethany Vedavijnana Peeth, pp. 127- 140.

Coman, V. (2016). “Unity and Diversity in the Church: Vladimir Lossky’s Reflection on the Roles of Christ and the Spirit in the Church, and Its Critical Reception in Dumitru Staniloae’s Theology.” In: D. Heller (Ed.), Catholicity under Pressure: The Ambiguous Relationship between Diversity and Unity, Beihefte zur Ökumenischen Rundschau vol. 10, Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, pp. 303-322.


Pentru Viața Lumii: Către un Etos Social al Bisericii Ortodoxe. Translation by V. Coman and P. Maican. Oradea: Ratio et Revelatio, 2020.