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Palgrave Macmillan

Eastern Orthodox Encounters of Identity and Otherness

Values, Self-Reflection, Dialogue

ISBN 9781137382849
Publication Date January 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

From diverse international and multi-disciplinary perspectives, the contributors to this volume analyze the experiences, challenges and responses of Orthodox churches to the foundational transformations associated with the dissolution of the USSR. Those transformations heightened the urgency of questions about Orthodox identity and relations with the world - states, societies, and the religious and cultural other.

The volume focuses on six distinct concepts: Orthodox identity, perceptions of the 'other,' critiques of the West, European values, interreligious progress, and new and uncharted challenges that have arisen with the expansion of Russian Orthodox activity.

Andrii Krawchuk is Professor of Religious Studies and former President of the University of Sudbury, Canada.

Thomas Bremer is Professor of Ecumenical Theology, Eastern Churches Studies and Peace Studies at the University of Münster, Germany.

Introduction; Andrii Krawchuk


PART I: THE ECCLESIAL SELF: TRADITIONAL IDENTITIES AND THE CHALLENGES OF PLURALISM
1. Russian Orthodoxy between State and Nation; Jennifer Wasmuth


2. Morality and Patriotism: Continuity and Change in Russian Orthodox Occidentalism since the Soviet Era; Alfons Brüning


3. The Bulgarian Orthodox Church at the Crossroads: Between Nationalism and Pluralism; Daniela Kalkandjieva


4. The Search for a new Church Consciousness in current Russian Orthodox Discourse; Anna Briskina-Müller


PART II: PERCEPTIONS OF THE RELIGIOUS OTHER: DIFFERENCE AND CONVERGENCE


5. Between Admiration and Refusal – Roman Catholic Perceptions of Orthodoxy; Thomas Bremer


6. Apostolic Continuity in Contradiction to Liberalism? Fields of Tension between Churches in the East and the West; Dagmar Heller


7. The Image of the Roman-Catholic Church in the Orthodox Press of Romania, 1918-1940; Ciprian Ghișa


8. 'Oh, East is East, and West is West…:' The Character of Orthodox – Greek-Catholic Discourse in Ukraine and its Regional Dimensions; Natalia Kochan


PART III: ORTHODOX CRITIQUES OF THE WEST


9. 'The Barbarian West': A Form of Orthodox Christian Anti-Western Critique; Vasilios N. Makrides


10. Anti-western Theology in Greece and Serbia Today; Julia Anna Lis


11. The Russian Orthodox Church on the Values of Modern Society; Regina Elsner


PART IV: ENCOUNTERS WITH EUROPEAN VALUES


12. Eastern Orthodoxy and the Processes of European Integration; Tina Olteanu and Dorothée de Nève


13. The Russian Orthodox Church's Interpretation of European Legal Values (1990-2011); Mikhail Zherebyatyev


14. The Russian Orthodox Church in a new Situation in Russia: Challenges and Responses; Olga Kazmina


PART V: PROSPECTS FOR RELIGIOUS ENCOUNTER, CONSENSUS AND COOPERATION


15. Neopatristic Synthesis and Ecumenism: Toward the 'Reintegration' of Christian Tradition; Matthew Baker


16. Justification in the Theological Conversations Between Representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Protestant Churches in Germany; Christoph Mühl


17. Constructing Interreligious Consensus in the Post-Soviet Space: the Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations; Andrii Krawchuk


PART VI: EMERGING ENCOUNTERS AND NEW CHALLENGES IN POST-SOVIET CENTRAL ASIA


18. Muslim-Orthodox Relations in Russia: Contextual Readings of A Common Word ; Andrii Krawchuk


19. Radical Islam in the Ferghana Valley; Galina M. Yemelianova

20. Uzbek Islamic Extremists in the Civil Wars of Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan: From Radical Islamic Awakening in the Ferghana Valley to Terrorism with Islamic Vocabulary in Waziristan; Michael Fredholm

Jennifer Wasmuth, Humboldt University, Germany
Alfons Brüning, St. Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Daniela Kalkandjieva, Sofia University
Anna Briskina-Müller, Halle-Wittenberg University, Germany
Thomas Bremer, University of Münster, Germany
Dagmar Heller, Ecumenical Institute, Switzerland
Ciprian Ghisa, Faculty of Greek-Catholic Theology – Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
Natalia Kochan, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Vasilios N. Makrides, University of Erfurt, Germany
Julia Anna Lis, Ecumenical Institute of the Theological Faculty, Germany
Regina Elsner, Ecumenical Institute in Muenster
Tina Olteanu the FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany
Dorothée de Nève, Institute for Political Science at FernUniversität, Germany
Mikhail Zherebyatyev, Voronezh State University, Russian Federation
Olga Kazmina, Moscow State University, Russian Federation
Matthew Baker, Fordham University, USA
Christoph Mühl, the University of Münster, Germany

Reviews

"Anyone wishing to understand the thinking and behavior of Orthodox Churches in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century need look no further. This volume, ably edited by Andrii Krawchuk and Thomas Bremer, offers a comprehensive survey of the Eastern Orthodox world, taking into view, among other things, Orthodox appraisals of Western values, encounters with Catholic and Protestant Churches, and the emergence of a new religious consciousness in Russia. This volume is a most welcome addition to the literature on religion and society." - Sabrina P. Ramet (NTNU), author of Nihil Obstat: Religion, Politics, and Social Change in East-Central Europe and Russia
"The twenty papers in this compendium trace the metamorphoses in Orthodox self-identity and relationship with others, particularly the West. These are uniformly perceptive, diverse, interdisciplinary and well informed research papers expertly edited by two of the foremost scholars of religion of central and eastern Europe, Andrii Krawchuk and Thomas Bremer. Those wishing to understand the post-communist transition of Orthodoxy will want to read this book." - Paul Mojzes, Editor, 'Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe'"With the collapse of the Soviet bloc in 1989 and the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, Orthodox churches in Central and Eastern Europe faced new opportunities and daunting challenges. Thrust from isolation into a global environment, these churches have had to reflect on their understanding of themselves and others while dealing with democracy, pluralism, and post-modernity. This book presents careful studies offering keen insights and sage observations on what has transpired in Orthodoxy in the region in the past generation." - James R. Payton, Jr., Former President, CAREE (Christians Associated for Relationships with Eastern Europe), Professor of History, Redeemer University College, Ontario, CAN
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