Orthodox Constructions of the West
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Fordham University Press
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The content of the present volume was introduced at a three- day con-ference in June 2010. Th at conference belongs to a triennial confer-ence series, initiated in 2007, dedicated to a historical and theological investigation of the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic schism. In 2008, Solon and Marianna Patterson of Atlanta, Georgia, provided the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University with a gener-...
Orthodox Naming of the Other:A Postcolonial Approach
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Who is Western? Who is Eastern? Am I “Eastern” if I commune in an Eastern Orthodox parish in Toledo, Ohio? Am I “Western” if I commune at an Eastern- Rite Catholic parish in Kiev? What if I was baptized into the Eastern Orthodox faith as a child, but I’ve never learned an Eastern language or traveled outside of the United States— am I East-ern or Western? What if I am a convert to an Eastern or Western faith? In ...
Perceptions and Realities inOrthodox- Catholic RelationsToday: Reflections on the Past,Prospects for the Future
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On the feast of St. Andrew, November 30, 2000, His All- Holiness Ecumeni-cal Patriarch Bartholomew I said after Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of St. George in the Phanar: “Revisiting the past and examining human faults must continue in all directions . . . because whoever consents to the mis-deeds of another or tolerates them by his silence, shares the responsibility of ...
Byzantines, Armenians, and Latins:Unleavened Bread and Heresyin the Tenth Century
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The study of how Byzantine Orthodox Christians in the Middle Ages defi ne themselves in relation to the many faiths, ethnic groups, friends, and enemies who surround and live within the Byzantine Empire is as fascinating as the history of any group’s self- defi nition and its rami-fi cations, with some added twists. Greek- speaking Christians who lived in Constantinople and called themselves Romans necessarily challenge ...
“Light from the West”: ByzantineReadings of Aquinas
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that East and West possess fun-damentally opposing theological bases, presuppositions, and method-ologies. But the assumption that East and West are meaningful and clearly delineated theological categories is of relatively recent provenance. It is the burden of this paper to demonstrate that this assumption of opposition was by no means prevalent in the last century of the Roman (or Byzantine) ...
From the “Shield of Orthodoxy”to the “Tome of Joy”: TheAnti- Western Stance of Dositheos IIof Jerusalem (1641– 1707)
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The ambivalence of Orthodoxy’s attitude to the West is refl ected in the contrasting approaches of contemporary Orthodox thinkers. For some, Western culture embodies spiritual values that have the poten-tiality to enrich Orthodoxy. For others, the West represents an alien ide-ology dominated by individualism and consumerism that threatens to overwhelm the Orthodox understanding of life as relational. Th e latter ...
The Burdens of Tradition: OrthodoxConstructions of the West in Rus sia(late 19th– early 20th cc.)
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The nineteenth century was pivotal in the history of both Rus sian intellectual and modern Orthodox thought. In the fi rst half of the century, following Rus sia’s defeat of Napoleon in 1814 and the Decem-brist uprising in 1825, many of Rus sia’s educated elite, who later would be identifi ed as the fi rst generation of Slavophiles and Westernizers, fervently debated the future of Rus sia vis-à- vis the West. Passionately addressing ...
Florovsky’s Neopatristic Synthesisand the Future Ways ofOrthodox Theology
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A rchpriest Georgii Vasil’evich Florovsky (1893– 1979) is commonly credited with initiating a return to the Fathers in twentieth- century Orthodox theology. For Florovsky, Christian Hellenism was the norm by which all modern theological proposals were to be judged. He believed that Western infl uences upon modern Rus sian theology led to dangerous distortions and to the “Babylonian captivity” of Orthodox life and thought. ...
Eastern “Mystical Theology” orWestern “Nouvelle Théologie”?:On the Comparative Receptionof Dionysius the Areopagitein Lossky and de Lubac
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This volume is devoted to the intriguing topic of Orthodox construc-tions of the West. Th e very term “construction,” of course, suggests a certain hermeneutics of suspicion: What Orthodoxy “constructs” could turn out, on inspection, seriously to mislead. But caution must be exer-cised, equally, in not overreacting into an opposite danger: that of pre-suming all Eastern characterizations of the Latin tradition to be ...
The Image of the West inContemporary Greek Theology
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The relationship between Greek theology and the West has nearly always been one of ambivalence: On the one hand, the Greek side has shown a pronounced rejection and a radical critique of its Western counterpart, which has lately been justifi ed in the name of authenticity and faithfulness to Orthodoxy, and is usually accompanied by an attitude of triumphalism against Western heresies; on the other hand, Greek the-...
Christos Yannaras andthe Idea of “Dysis”
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I do not intend in this to deal with every aspect of the idea of Dysis in the thinking of Christos Yannaras, for in Yannaras’s vast oeuvre the theme of the West comes up in many diﬀ erent contexts and plays a variety of roles. I shall look at his thinking statu nascenti, or in the early years of his refl ection— that is to say, from 1964 to 1967, from his leaving the Zoe Brotherhood to the publication of his fi rst theologico- philosophical work, ...
Religion in the Greek Public Sphere:Debating Eu rope’s Influence
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In 1999, Peter Berger, renowned sociologist of religion, did something scholars rarely do. A leading fi gure in the development of the theory of secularization— the theory that predicted that modernization would nec-essarily lead to the decline of religion— Berger professed that he had been wrong: “Th e world today,” he wrote, “is massively religious, is anything but the secularized world that had been predicted (whether joyfully or despon-...
Shaking the Comfortable Conceitsof Otherness: Po liti cal Scienceand the Study of “OrthodoxConstructions of the West”
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Orthodoxy and Western Culture have had more to do with each other than is usually supposed, even by learned academics, but there is much The invitation to contribute to the conference that eventuated in this volume aﬀ orded a much- welcome opportunity to engage in cross- disciplinary inquiry into the subject of Orthodox constructions of the West. As a po liti cal scientist, I am especially enthusiastic about the possi-...
Eastern Orthodox Constructions of“the West” in the Post- CommunistPo liti cal Discourse: The Casesof the Romanian and Rus sianOrthodox Churches
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R omania and Rus sia began the pro cess of transformation from communism to capitalism within two years of each other. Th e glasnost and perestroika (openness and restructuring)— the po liti cal, so-cial, and economic reforms— implemented by the Soviet secretary of the Communist Party, Mikhail Gorbachev, revealed the major cracks in the communist system and led to its unintended demise throughout Eastern ...
Primacy and Ecclesiology:The State of the Question
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The phenomenon of antipapism, understood as the denial of a pri-mus for the Universal Church and the elevation of such denial to a trait that allegedly identifi es the whole Orthodox Church, is, properly speaking, heretical. In saying this, I am returning the favor, so to speak, to all those who have taken upon themselves the onerous task of defending Orthodoxy against all kinds of heresy. And heresy is all they see. Any dif-...
(In)Voluntary Ecumenism: DumitruStaniloae’s Interaction with theWest as Open Sobornicity
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Orthodox theology suﬀ ered an unhealthy infl uence during its “Western captivity.” Specifi cally, the overly intellectual bent of neo- Scholasticism divorced Orthodox theology from its tradition of spiri-tuality. In line with several notable pre de ces sors, Eastern and Western alike, Georges Florovsky called for theological education to break from the manual tradition of neo- Scholasticism. He proposed a “neopatristic ...
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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, In the World, Yet Not of the World: Social and Global Initiatives of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Edited Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Speaking the Truth in Love: Th eologi-cal and Spiritual Exhortations of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Ed-ited by John Chryssavgis. Foreword by Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop ...
Page Count: 352
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought (FUP)