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Dr. '''Jean-Claude Larchet''' is a French Orthodox researcher who is one of the foremost Orthodox [[Patristics]] scholars writing today.
Born in northeastern France in 1949 of a Roman Catholic family, Larchet earned doctorates in philosophy (1987) and theology (1994) from the University of Strasbourg. It was during his studies in philosophy that his reading of the Greek Fathers and their Orthodox commentators (especially [[Vladimir Lossky]]) led him to the Orthodox Church, where he was received in 1971 by the man hieromonk who would be his spiritual father, the elder [[Serge Chévitch]] (1904-1987), who was also the spiritual father of the theologian Vladimir Lossky, the philosopher [[Nikolai Berdyaev]], and the monk iconographer [[Gregory (Krug)]].
From 1973 to 1979 he met, seeking spiritual guidance and advise, some of the best-known spiritual leaders of that era: [[Archimandrite]] (now Saint) [[Justin Popovich]], Archimandrite [[Sophrony (Sakharov)]] and, in two long stays at Mount Athos, the followers of Elder [[Joseph the Hesychast]] - the Elder Ephrem of [[Katounakia Fathers (Athos)|Katounakia]], the Elder [[Ephraim (Moraitis) of Philotheou]](now in Arizona), the Elder [[Charalampos (Dionysiates)]] - especially the Elder (now Saint) [[Paisios (Eznepidis)]] with whom he had long talks and whose support remains of great importance to Larchet.
Dr. Larchet , now retired, has been teaching philosophy for 30 years, and as a patrologist and theologian has lectured in many countries, including Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, France, Great Britain, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain and SpainSwitzerland.
He is one of the very few contemporary authors who is able seamlessly to combine rigorous scholarship with a vibrant sense of the inner life of the Church. His prolific writings on the spirituality of the [[Church Fathers|Fathers of the Church]] and on Orthodox theology ([http://www.editionsducerf.fr/html/fiche/ficheauteur.asp?n_aut=553 26 27 books], over 100 150 articles, almost 700 reviews) have been translated into no less than 17 languages.<ref>[[Apostoliki Diakonia]]. ''[http://www.apostoliki-diakonia.gr/diakonia/15-7-2008/diakonia.htm New Publications: The Healing of Spiritual Disorders: An Introduction in the Ascetic Tradition of the Orthodox Church, Vol. A'].'' By Jean Claude Larchet. Transl. into Greek by Christos Koulas. 2009.</ref>
==Authorship==
===Series on St Maximus the Confessor===His three volumes on St [[Maximos the Confessor]] are widely acknowledged as among the best studies of this great saint and theologian published Books translated in any language:* {{fr icon}} ''[http://www.editionsducerf.fr/html/fiche/fichelivre.asp?n_liv_cerf=1288 La Divinisation de l'homme selon saint Maxime le Confesseur]'' (1996)* {{fr icon}} ''[http://www.editionsducerf.fr/html/fiche/fichelivre.asp?n_liv_cerf=1303 Maxime le Confesseur, médiateur entre l'Orient et l'Occident]'' (1998)* {{fr icon}} ''[http://www.editionsducerf.fr/html/fiche/fichelivre.asp?n_liv_cerf=6110 Saint Maxime le Confesseur]'' (2003) ===Series on Illness and Healingenglish===Equally remarkable is his three-part series on illness and healing in the patristic tradition, translated into English:
* ''[http://www.amazon.com/Theology-Illness-Jean-Claude-Larchet/dp/0881412392/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1241808962&sr=8-1 The Theology of Illness]'' (2002)
* ''[http://www.amazon.com/Mental-Disorders-Spiritual-Healing-Teachings/dp/159731045X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1241808962&sr=8-2 Mental Disorders and Spiritual Healing]'' (2005).
* ''[http://www.alexanderpress.com/downloads/Larchet%20Spiritual%20Illness%20blurb.pdf Therapy of Spiritual Illnesses]'' (2012)
 
===Other books in English===
* ''[http://www.amazon.com/after-Death-according-Orthodox-Tradition/dp/1933275626/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345554674&sr=8-1&keywords=larchet+life+after+death Life after death according to the Orthodox Tradition]'' (2012)
* ''[http://www.amazon.com/Elder-Sergie-Vanves-Life-Teachings/dp/0971413983/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345554808&sr=1-1&keywords=larchet+elder+sergei+of+vanves Elder Sergei of Vanves: Life and Teachings]'' (2012)
* ''[https://www.svspress.com/theology-of-the-body/ Theology of the Body]'' (2017)
===Books in French===
* L’Inconscient spirituel (2005) ISBN 2204077879
* Théologie du corps (2009) ISBN 2204090026
* Malades des nouveaux médias (2016) ISBN 2204114868
====Bioethics====
* Pour une éthique de la procréation. Éléments d’anthropologie patristique (1998) ISBN 2204058580
* L’Iconographe et l’artiste (2008) ISBN 220408476X
====Byzantine Fathers====
• La Vie et l’œuvre théologique de Grégoire II de Chypre (1241-1290), patriarche de Constantinople (2012) ISBN 2204097152
• Introduction to Grégoire Palamas, Traités démonstratifs sur la procession du Saint-Esprit (2017) ISBN 2204116831
His three volumes on St Maximos the Confessor are widely acknowledged as among the best studies of this great saint and theologian published in any language:
* La Divinisation de l’homme selon saint Maxime le Confesseur (1996) ISBN 2204052493
* Maxime le Confesseur, médiateur entre l’Orient et l’Occident (1998) ISBN 2204059498
* Saint Maxime le Confesseur (580-662) (2003)ISBN 2204071560
* La Vie et l’œuvre théologique de Grégoire II de Chypre (1241-1290), patriarche de Constantinople (2012) ISBN 2204097152
====Modern Saints and Elders====
* Saint Silouane de l’Athos (2001, 2nd edition 2004) ISBN 2204065439
* La Vie liturgique (2016) ISBN 2204106208
===Articlesin english===
* ''[http://www.incommunion.org/2004/10/24/on-the-love-of-enemies/ On the Love of Enemies: The Teaching of St. Silouan].'' '''In Communion'''. (''Posted Sunday, October 24th, 2004'')
* ''[http://www.oodegr.com/english/psyxotherap/love_enemies.htm But I say to you: Love your Ennemies].''
* ''[http://books.google.com/books?id=K0sbuf37A_UC&pg=PA188&lpg=PA188&dq=jean-claude+larchet&source=bl&ots=2eN9ZiTba0&sig=bs7Hijg5UnelPlioWHQfrrxhkWA&hl=en&ei=6YUESqGRNdOB_AbhiumdBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=8#v=onepage&q=jean-claude%20larchet&f=false The Question of the Roman Primacy in the Thought of Saint Maximus the Confessor].'' In: Cardinal Walter Kasper. '''The Petrine Ministry: Catholics and Orthodox in Dialogue: Academic Symposium Held at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity'''. The Newman Press, 2006. pp.188-209.
• ''[http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2013/03/patristic-views-on-nature-and-status-of.html Patristic Views on the Nature and Status or Scientific Knowledge].''
• ''[http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/99644.htm The Prophetic Role of Mount Athos in the Contemporary World].''
==See also==
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