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St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly, Vol. 57, no. 3-4 (2013)

 

This double issue of the Quarterly contains nearly all the papers presented at a conference on “Ecclesiology and Nationalism in the Postmodern Era” held in Volos, Greece, on May 24–27, 2012. The topic is most timely, given that negotiations to prepare for a pan-Orthodox council have in recent years broken down precisely over questions of nationalism, of ways by which autocephaly is achieved, and different views of how to deal with the so-called “diaspora.” Indeed, these failed attempts reveal sharp ecclesiological divisions in the Orthodox world. Added to this is the challenge posed to contemporary Orthodoxy by a globalized, post-modern world. The Orthodox Churches, faced with these internal and external threats, are challenged to find solutions appropriate not to a bygone past, but to the present and the future.

The conference was jointly sponsored and organized by the Volos Academy for Theological Studies (Volos, Greece), the Chair of Orthodox Theology, Münster University (Germany), the Center of Orthodox Christian Studies of Fordham University (New York), the Romanian Institute for Inter-Orthodox, Inter-Confessional, Inter-Religious Studies (INTER, Cluh-Napoca, Romania), the Christian Cultural Center in Belgrade (Serbia), the St Andrew’s Biblical Theological Institute (Moscow), the Valamo Lay Academy (Finland), and the European Forum of Orthodox Schools of Theology (EFOST, Brussels). Generous hospitality for the conference was provided by His Eminence, Metropolitan Ignatius of Demetrias, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Volos Academy. Particular thanks are owed to the staff of the Volos Academy, particularly Dr Pantelis Kalaitzidis, the Director, as well as Volos Academy staff members Nikos Asproulis and Rev Dr Gregory Edwards, who assisted in the collection and translation of the numerous articles in this special issue.

 — Paul Meyendorff , Editor

 

 

CONTRIBUTORS

 “Neither Jew nor Greek”: Catholicity and Ethnicity

 Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of Diokleia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235

Orthodoxy and Nationalism: The Autocephaly of the Church of “Moldo-Roumania”

Lucian N. Leustean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247

Enlightenment, Nationalism, the Nation State and Their Impact on the Orthodox world

Paschalis Kitromilides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271

Orthodoxy and Nationalism in Russian Orthodoxy

Daniela Kalkandjieva . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281

Orthodox Ecumenicity and the Bulgarian Schism

Dimitrios Thrassyvoulos Stamatopoulos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305

Why Are Orthodox Churches Particularly Prone to Nationalization and Even to Nationalism?

Vasilios N. Makrides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 325

Beyond Nationalism? The Case of the Orthodox Church of Antioch

Assaad Elias Kattan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 353

Church and Nation in the New Testament: The Formation of the Pauline Communities

Christos Karakolis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 361

Ethnophyletism, Autocephaly, and National Churches —A Theological Approach and Ecclesiological Implications

Paul Meyendorff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 381

The Construction of the National Idea and Identity through Ecclesiastical Narratives

Dragica Tadić-Papanikolaou . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 395

Church and Nation: Looking through the Glasses of Post-Secularism

Cyril Hovorun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 423

Ethno-Phyletism and the [So-called] Ecclesial “Diaspora”

Grigorios D. Papathomas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 431

Primacy and Nationalism

Metropolitan John Zizioulas of Pergamon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 451

Signs of National Socialism in the Greek Church?

Athanasios N. Papathanasiou . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 461

Ecclesiology and Globalization: In Search of an Ecclesiological Paradigm in the Era of Globalization (After the Previous Paradigms of the Local, Imperial, and National)

Pantelis Kalaitzidis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 479

Nationalism, Statism, and Orthodoxy

Davor Džalto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 503

“Political Orthodoxy”: Religion’s Involvement in the Identity Formation Process

Alexander Verkhovsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 525