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Orthodoxy and Political Theology

Orthodoxy and Political Theology

While known for their robust ecclesiology and rich doctrinal and liturgical identity, the Orthodox churches have not strongly advanced political theology. Yet, for our time of momentous change and tumult, maintains Pantelis Kalaitzidis, such a vision is crucial. For the first time, here is a careful analytical assessment, well informed by historical insights, of the theological stance and public witness of the Orthodox churches in the political arena.

Pantelis Kalaitzidis

Doxa & Praxis series

A trenchant critique, a hopeful vision—

Why have the Orthodox churches not developed a full-throated political theological voice?

While known for their robust ecclesiology and rich doctrinal and liturgical identity, the Orthodox churches have not strongly advanced political theology. Yet, for our time of momentous change and tumult, maintains Pantelis Kalaitzidis, such a vision is crucial. For the first time, here is a careful analytical assessment, well informed by historical insights, of the theological stance and public witness of the Orthodox churches in the political arena.

Key to developing a distinctive political theology and public witness, Kalaitzidis maintains, is eucharistic community and renewed eschatology, the deep faith in and expectation of God’s active re-creation of individual, social, and even cosmic possibilities. A faith grounded in the risen Lord, he says, can offer a powerful religious vision, distinctively Orthodox in its deepest roots, not reducible to a nostalgic idealization of a theocratic past nor to a simple modern programme of social betterment.

Pantelis Kalaitzidis is Director of the Volos Academy for Theological Studies, Volos, Greece, and editor of the DOXA & PRAXIS series.

Specs: 64 pp.; 5.5 x 8.5”; paper; perfect

Topic/Shelving: Orthodox Christianity / Theology

ISBN: 978-2-8254-1571-5

Price: CHF 10.00; £7.00; €7.00; $10.00; June 2012

Rights: World, all languages except Greek

 

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