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Professor Apostolos Nikolaidis

   Apostolos Nikolaidis, Professor
Research area: Sociology of religion and social ethics
Faculty of Social Theology, School of Theology
National and Kapodistrian Univerisity of Athens
Panepistimiopolis, Ano Ilisia
157 84, Athens, Greece
Office num. 123-124
Τel-Fax: (030)-210-7275737
e-mail: anikolid@soctheol.uoa.gr
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Short biography and CV

Professor Apostolos Nikolaidis was born in Vassiliko, Ioannina in 1953. He completed his basic studies in Pogoniani, Ioannina. He studied Theology at the University of Athens, Greece and the University of Bonn, Germany and completed his postgraduate studies on the field of systematic Theology (Ethics and Sociology of religion, Political Theology) in Bonn and Bochum, Germany. In 1993 he was awarded his doctoral degree with honours from the Faculty of Social Theology of the University of Athens on the topic “The new anthropology of religion in the philosophy of Ernst Bloch”.

In 1979 he was appointed as a teacher in Secondary Education. From 1993 until 1997 he was seconded at the Department of Religious Studies, Philosophy and Sociology of the Faculty of Social Theology where he was assigned to teach Christian Ethics and Sociology of Religion.

In 1997 he was elected Assistant Professor in the same Faculty and Department on the cognitive field of “Sociology of religion”. In 2001 he was elected Associate Professor on the same cognitive field. In 2005 he was appointed as professor on the cognitive field of “Sociology of religion and Social Ethics”. It should be noted that he is the first one to establish and teach Sociology of religion at the University of Athens. He served as a member of the senate during the academic year 1997-1998, twice as a Director of the Department, as well as was elected President of the Department for the academic period of 2009-2011. He represents the Department at the Research Committee of the University.

In the Department of Social Theology he teaches the following lessons: Christian and Social Ethics, Bioethics, Sociology of religion, Sociology of Christianity, Philosophy of religion, Sociology and Ecumenical Movement.

Since 1997, he has been teaching at the Postgraduate Programme of the “Religious Studies” Department, providing instruction on diploma assignments and doctoral theses. 

Since 1997 he has taught and, depending on the occasion, still teaches lessons of his field
- at the Folk University of the Friends of the People Society, 
- at the Higher Ecclesiastical School of Athens,
- at the Peripheral Re-Educational Centre of Western Attica,
- at the School of Police Officers,
- at the School of national Security,
- at the Parents’ Schools of the Centre for Psychological Health, 
- at the School of Maritime War.

He has actively participated in many international and national Scientific Conferences of sociological, bioethical, and religious content. He has lectured in many places around in Greece and abroad. He is a member of two Synodical Committees dealing with Environmental and Family problems as well as of other Public Benefit Institutions.

During the 1988-1993 period he was a producer of radio shows on ecological issues.

Apostolos Nikolaidis is married to Despoina Spanou with whom he has nine children.

Selected publications


• Orthodoxy and Marxism in dialogue in Secondary Education, Katerini 1986, p. 47.
• Socio-political Revolution and Political Theology, Katerini 1987, p. 224.
• The cosmology of exercise and withdrawal, Katerini 1990.
• Explanations and Misunderstandings in the field of Theology, Athens 1990, p. 264.
• The “new anthropology of religion” in the philosophy of Ernst Bloch, Athens 1995 (new edition 2002 entitled Post-religious Anthropology), p. 366.
• “Critical Theory» and the social function of religion, Athens 1996 (new edition 2006), p. 383.
• The social dynamics of holy feasts, Athens 1998 (new edition 2001), p. 221.
• Issues of Ecumenical Movement, Athens 1998, p. 274.
• Thoughts on Christian ethos, Athens 2000 (new edition 2002), p. 342.
• The dialectics of holiness and sociality in the work of Emile Durkheim, Athens 2001, p. 373.
• Critical Theology, Athens 2002, p. 186.
• Extremes and middle ways.
From the Aristotelian to the patristic middle way, Athens 2003, π. 318.
• Religion and fear.
The fear of religion and the religion of terrorism, Athens 2003, p. 285.
• Heterodox and Orthodox people.
Actions-Reactions-Interactions, Sociographic research, Athens 2004, p. 332.
• Nature and Civilisation, Athens 2006, p. 293.
• Power games, Athens 2006, p. 307.
• The Church and Social Customs, Athens 2006, p. 342.
• From Genesis to Genetics, Athens 2006, p. 391.
• Sociology of religion, Athens 2007, p. 351.
• The ecumenical adventures of Christianity, Athens 2007, p. 369.
• Concise Sociology, Athens 2008, p. 303.
• Social Ethics, Athens 2009, p. 415.
• Doctrines and society, A Draft of the Sociology of Christianity, Athens 2009, p. 356.
• Sociology of heresies, Athens 2009, p. 236.


• Peace Movements, reprint, Athens 1985.
• Modern theological currents and trends in Western Europe, reprint, Athens 1992.
• The Elijah of Eschatology, reprint, Athens 1992.
• The ethos of workers’ union freedom, reprint, Athens 1992.
• Satan’s worship as a social phenomenon, reprint, Athens 1995.
• The schematic form of the doctrines as a cause of their sociological examination, reprint, Athens 1997.
• The modern dynamics of Patristic Theology, reprint, Athens 1999.
• Theological and institutional approaches to the Teachings of Saint Cosmas of Aetolia, reprint, Athens 1998.
• The theology of civility and the civility of theology, reprint, Athens 1999.
• «God’s death» and European civilization, reprint 2000.
• Nature as man’s school, reprint, Athens 2001.
• Institutional challenges deriving from man’s cloning, reprint, Athens 2002.
• Religion and power, reprint, Athens 2003.
• The other person as our neighbour, reprint, Athens 2004.
• Social customs. Typology and ways of dealing with them by Apostle Paul, reprint, Veroia 2005.


• «Christianity for our home country», I DRASIS, March 1975, p. 32 seq.
• «The alienating power of money», I DRASIS MAS, May 1981, p. 95 seq.
• Ecology and peace, Athens 1987.
• «The ascetics that lead to an ecological solution», ΚΟΙΝΟΝΙΑ 1/1989, p. 75 seq.
• «Essence and ethos of power », AGIOS VARNAVAS 4-8/1990.
• «The Theology of nature or Ecology», AKRITAS 10/1989.
• «The Ecology of sin and the sin of Ecology », PARADOSI 1/1992.
• «Modern trends and strategies for the alteration or abolition of the lesson of Religion», ΚΟΙΝΟΝΙΑ 2/1993.
• “Die Berugssoziologie in der orthodoxen Sicht”, ORTHODOXES FORUM 1/ 1995.
• «The social parameters of the feast of Orthodoxy», ORTHODOXI PAROUSIA 72/2001.
• «The Theology in the twentieth century», ETAIREIA FILON TOU LAOU (ed.
), What the twentieth century has bestowed on us, Athens 2001, p. 29 seq.
• «Crimes in the name of God», APOGEYMATINH THS KYRIAKHS 23. 3. 2003.
• «Angels and Demons », APOGEYMATINH THS KYRIAKHS.
• «The social portrayal of religious syncretism», TRIBUTE TO CONSTANTINOS MOURATIDES, Athens 2003.
• «The religious dynamics of the Olympic idea», Minutes, INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION OF THE GREEK SCIENTISTS, Thessalonica 2003.
• “Religion and power”, EV. BENIZELOS/ A. PANTELIS (ed.), Civilisations and public law, London 2005, p.
• «Work totalitarianism. Socioethical examination», APOSTOLOS TITOS 4/2006, p. 55 seq.
• «Eastern and Western Christianity», TOLMH 67/2006.
• «Social consequences on the life in Big Cities», Minutes of the Scientific Conference on «Problems of the way of life in big cities », HOLY SYNOD of the CHURCH of GREECE (ed. ), Athens 2006, p. 65-92.
• «As an introduction», Teacher in the waste land, ed. M. VASILEIOS, Athens 2007.
• «Benefits from injustice », I DRASIS MAS, May 2007.
• «Secularisation of the Church. Negative aspects », TRIBUTE TO V. GIOULTSIS, Thessalonica 2007, p. 443-450.
• «The social causes of the ecological problem», Ι.Μ.ILEIAS (ed.), Civilisation and Natural environment, Pyrgos 2008, p. 29-45.
• «The future of the Ecumenical Movement», ECCLESIA 6/2008.