Concordia University

Lucian Turcescu, PhD

Graduate Program Director and Professor, Theological Studies

Office: S-D 201 
D Annex,
2140 Bishop
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2341
Website(s): page
Google Scholar page page
Availability: The best way to contact him is by email.


PhD, Theology, Univ. of St. Michael's College (in the Univ. of Toronto), Canada, 1999
M.A. Equivalent, Faculty of Theology, University of Bucharest, Romania, 1992

Research and teaching expertise

Early Christianity / Patristics, Religion and Politics, Ecumenism, Religion and Human Rights, Orthodox Christianity and Gender

Narrative Bio

Dr. Lucian Turcescu is Professor of Historical Theology and Graduate Program Director. Between 2011-2016 he has served twice as Chair of the Department of Theological Studies. In 2004-5 he was the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at St. Francis Xavier University (Nova Scotia). He has done research, published, and taught in several areas, including religion and politics, early Christianity, and ecumenism. He received numerous prestigious research grants. He authored, co-authored and (co-)edited several books, most of which benefited from the generous financial support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. He published dozens of peer‐reviewed articles. He is twice Past President of the Canadian Society of Patristic Studies (2004‐2008) and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Ecumenical Studies and Theoforum (formerly Eglise et Theologie). He is a member of the Board of the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism, former member of the Board of the Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion, and the Corporation’s combined program director. In 2010 he received the Concordia University Dean’s Award for Distinguished Scholarship. The award is meant to  “recognize not only the extremely high caliber of research produced over an extended period of time, but also the sheer volume of productivity which has earned the author innumerable awards and grants, and has brought both national and international recognition to the Faculty of Arts and Science of Concordia University.” 

He also serves as Expert Witness in court cases of asylum and deportation, especially connected with religious persecution and discrimination in Romania.

Teaching activities

2017-18 Courses

In Winter 2018, he will teach:

THEO 206 Introduction to Christian Origins (online, 

THEO 333 Jesus Christ in History and Faith (Wed, 4:15-6:30 pm), H-609

This course studies the biblical and later traditions about the person, nature, and work of Jesus Christ, from historical, cultural, social, economic, artistic, and doctrinal perspectives. The course examines the central role of Jesus Christ in ancient, medieval, and contemporary theology and culture. Texts studied include the Bible, theological texts from a variety of historical periods as well as some literary and artistic representations of Christ.

We will be using one of the most highly regarded works of intellectual history, Jesus Through the Centuries,an original and compelling study of the impact of Jesus on cultural, political, social, and economic history. Noted historian and theologian Jaroslav Pelikan reveals how the image of Jesus created by each successive epoch―from rabbi inthe first century to liberator in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries―is a key to understanding the temper and values of that age.


Scholarly books

1.    Lavinia Stan and Lucian Turcescu, eds., Justice, Memory and Redress in Romania: New Insights (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017)

2.    Lucian Turcescu and Barbara Theriault, editors, “From Today’s Observation Post: Collaboration and Resistance under Communism” Eurostudia vol. 10, no. 1 (2015) (open access).

3.    Lavinia Stan and Lucian Turcescu, Church, State and Democracy in Expanding Europe (Oxford University Press, 2011) xiii 287 pp.

4.    Lavinia Stan and Lucian Turcescu, editors and translators, 1989-2009: Incredibila aventura a democratiei dupa comunism [The Incredible Adventure of Democracy after Communism] (Iasi: Editura Institutul European, 2010) (in Romanian) (interviews conducted with western specialists on Eastern Europe on the 20th anniversary of the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989), 394 pp.

5.    Lorenzo DiTommaso and Lucian Turcescu, editors, The Reception and Interpretation of the Bible in Late Antiquity: Proceedings of the Montreal Colloquium in Honour of Charles Kannengiesser, 11-13 October 2006 (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2008), xxviii 608 pp.

6.    Lavinia Stan and Lucian Turcescu, Religion and Politics in Post-communist Romania  (Oxford University Press, 2007; also included in the Oxford Scholarship Online), xvi 270 pp.

Romanian translation published as L. Stan and L. Turcescu, Religie si politica in Romania postcomunista (Bucharest: Curtea Veche, 2010), 429 pp.

7.    Lucian Turcescu, Gregoryof Nyssa and the Concept of Divine Persons (Oxford University Press, 2005; also included in Oxford Scholarship Online), xi 171 pp.

8.    Lucian Turcescu, editor, Dumitru Staniloae: Tradition and Modernity in Theology (Iasi, Romania: Center for Romanian Studies, 2002), 260 pp. Also available electronically at

Media presence

  1. "Corruption, Civicness and Religion in Romania, (published originally in German in Religion und Gesellschaft in Ost und West (1/2018).
  2. "Civicness and Orthodoxy in Romanian Protests," on Public Orthodoxy website, February 21, 2017.
  3. Reportage and interview with Trinitas TV “Arta de a preda religia in Canada” (The Art of Teaching Religion in Canada) given to George Cristian Popa (in Romanian). Trinitas TV, November 12, 2016.
  4. "CNATDCU: A View from Within," interview given to the Society for Romanian Studies, SRS Newsletter, Fall 2016
  5. Interview in Romanian with on "Romania, religia si biserica: inainte si dupa 1989" 
  6. “A Study of Religion, Oppression and the Secret Police: Concordia Professor Lucian Turcescu Divines Patterns of Collaboration and Resistance in Communist Romania,” Concordia University’s NOW, 3 December 2014.

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