Jaroslav Pelikan, the great Church Church History Scholar, passed away this weekend at the age of 82. I read this over at Pontifications just today. I will miss Dr. Pelikan. I read his entire History of Doctrine series, and had the blessing of seeing him in person when I was a graduate student. His writings positively influenced my decision to become Catholic. Pelikan was a Lutheran until 1998, when he joined the Orthodox Church. Thank you Dr. Pelikan for all your work.
Eternal Rest grant to him O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace.
Dr. Pelikan’s fine works are still available, and I commend then to all serious students of Church History. Here are links to the books in his The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine series:
Volume 1: The Emergence of Catholic Tradition
Volume 2: The Spirit of Eastern Christendom
Volume 3: The Growth of Medieval Theology
Volume 4: Reformation of Church and Dogma
Volume 5: Christian Doctrine and Modern Culture