The recent exclusion of the reference to religion from Greek identity cards has triggered an extraordinary reaction on behalf of the Orthodox Church. The Church hierarchy and Archbishop Christodoulos have led a campaign to oppose this decision, articulating a discourse that, by many accounts, was marked by a clear political profile. This reaction has polarized Greek society and has been dominating political life and media coverage for most of 2000 and 2001. These developments have also become the object of numerous analyses and academic discussions. Although a variety of dimensions are at stake, there is no doubt that the first crucial issue posed by the events is the question of the "politicization" of religious discourse. Is contemporary Greek Church discourse politicized? How can we account for this politicization within current global trends and the Greek historical context? These are some of the challenging questions explored in this paper.


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