Dr Doru Costache

Senior Lecturer in Theology (Patristic Studies), St Cyril's Coptic Orthodox Theological College
BTh, University of Bucharest ThD (Patristics), University of Bucharest

Protopresbyter Dr Doru Costache was trained at the Radu Vodă Seminary, Bucharest, Romania (1983-1988). He has undertaken undergraduate studies (1989-1993) and doctoral studies (1995-1999) in Orthodox theology at the University of Bucharest. His doctoral thesis, publicly defended in March 2000, was on the anthropic cosmological principle interpreted from the viewpoint of a patristic theologian, Saint Maximus the Confessor, and a neopatristic theologian, Father Dumitru Stăniloae. He has over twenty years of tertiary teaching experience (the University of Bucharest, 1995-2004; the Sydney College of Divinity, 2005-to date), and was the Durham International Senior Research Fellow of Institute of Advanced Study, the University of Durham, Epiphany Term, 2018. He is an Honorary Associate of the Department of Studies in Religion, the School of Letters, Art and Media, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and the University of Sydney. He is the co-author of Introducere în Dogmatica Ortodoxă (1997), Știință și Theologie: Preliminarii pentru Dialog (2001), Sfinții Părinți despre Originile și Destinul Cosmosului și Omului (2003), and Dreams, Virtue and Divine Knowledge in Early Christian Egypt(2019). He is the co-editor of Well-Being, Personal Wholeness and the Social Fabric (2017).

Doru was ordained to the diaconate in January 1997 and to the priesthood in May 2001, and is married with one daughter. He is the Protopresbyter of the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand and a minister at St Gregory the Theologian’s Mission in Mona Vale NSW.

Areas of Interest

  • Early Christian representations of reality
  • Experiences of holiness
  • Science, ethics, and theology
  • Traditional interpretations of Genesis 1-3
  • Transdisciplinarity
  • Wellbeing

Research Strengths

  • Patristic era
  • Patristic theology



2019 Dreams, Virtue and Divine Knowledge in Early Christian Egypt
Authors - Bronwen Neil, Doru Costache, Kevin Wagner, Cambridge University Press 2019
2019 Reading Scripture in the Orthodox Church: The Festal Cycle
AIOCS 2019

Book Chapters and Refereed Articles

2019 Înțelegeri Bizantine: Cartea Facerii, Teologie și Spiritualitate în Canonul cel Mare al sfântului Andrei Cretanul‘ (Byzantine Understandings: Genesis, Theology, and Spirituality in the Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete)
In Imnografia liturgică bizantină: Perspective critice(Byzantine liturgical hymnography: Critical perspectives) ed. Alexandru Ioniță, Studia Oecumenica 13 (Cluj-Napoca: Presa Universitară Clujeană, 2019) 179-216.
2019 The Orthodox Doctrine of Creation in the Age of Science
In Journal of Orthodox Christian Studies Vol 2 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019) 43-64.

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