Political Theologies in Orthodox Christianity

Common Challenges - Divergent Positions

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Kristina Stoeckl, Ingeborg Gabriel, Aristotle Papanikolaou
  • New York, NY: 
    Bloomsbury Academic
    , June
     320 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


This book gathers a wide range of theological perspectives from Orthodox European countries, Russia and the United States in order to demonstrate how divergent the positions are within Orthodox Christianity. Orthodoxy is often considered to be out-of-sync with contemporary society, set apart in a world of its own where the church intertwines with the state, in order to claim power over the populace and ignore the individual voices of modern societies. 

As a collective, these essays present a different understanding of the relationship of Orthodoxy to secular politics; comprehensive, up-to-date and highly relevant to politically understanding today's world. The contributors present their views and arguments by drawing lessons from the past, and by elaborating visions for how Orthodox Christianity can find its place in the contemporary liberal democratic order, while also drawing on the experience of the Western Churches and denominations. Touching upon aspects such as anarchism, economy and political theology, these contributions examine how Orthodox Christianity reacts to liberal democracy, and explore the ways that this branch of religion can be rendered more compatible with political modernity.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Kristina Stoeckl is assistant professor in the department of sociology, University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Ingeborg Gabriel is professor, Institute of Social Ethics, Faculty of Roman-Catholic Theology, University of Vienna, Austria.

Aristotle Papanikolaou is professor of theology, Fordham University.


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