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Title: New worlds and new churches: The Orthodox Church(es) and the European Union
Authors: Petkoff, P
Keywords: The Orthodox churches;European Union
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Routhledge
Citation: God and the EU: Faith in the European Project, Editors Jonathan Chaplin, Gary Wilton, Routledge, UK, (2016)
Abstract: The Orthodox church(es) share a common commitment to the unity of dogma and spirituality. There is, however, no doctrinal formulation that comes close to a form of political theology at a pan-Orthodox level. This means that the Orthodox churches’ attitude towards the European Union (EU) is driven by their ecclesial diversity and by complex inter-ecclesial relations. More fundamentally they share a fragmented and plural, theological objection to the very ideas of Europe and the West. This has been further complicated by the emergence of a substantial Orthodox diaspora from Eastern Europe, Russia, and the Middle East living across the breadth of the European continent. Consequently the ecclesial identity and self-perception of the autocephalous Orthodox churches is changing. These churches are becoming increasingly transnational and extra-territorial. With this, their perception of Europe and the West, as seen through the eyes of their diaspora communities, is altering from “threat” to “home” (Makrides and Uffelmann, 2003). The growing diaspora will not only impact the Christian demographics of Europe but will also transform the Eastern Churches’ view of Europe and the EU (Leustean, 2009; 2011; 2013; 2014a; 2014b).
ISBN: 978-1-138-90863-5
Appears in Collections:Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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