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Eastern Orthodox perspectives on violence

Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

Abstract: In the post-communist era, the contemporary national Eastern Orthodox churches have often been accused of taking either direct or ideological part in violence across Eastern Europe. In several scholarly analyses, the churches have been linked with ethnic and national violence. They have thus been identified as an ideological root for a distinctive ethno-religious nationalism either blocking the way for a pluralistic society or simply defying it. These cases of violence and conflicts, as well as their subsequent analysis, only point to a practical and visible manifestation of conflicts, and they therefore don’t answer a broader theological question, namely the question of the general position of the Eastern Orthodox churches regarding violence.
This article will address this broader question of what the Orthodox churches’ position is on violence and discuss the co-relation and intersection between Orthodoxy and violence. The Orthodox perspectives and positions on religion and violence will be drawn from concrete examples of its historical and contemporary theological teachings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReligion and Violence
EditorsEdnan Aslan , Marcia Hermansen
Place of PublicationSpringer VS
PublisherSpringer
Publication date11 Jun 2017
Pages73-91
ISBN (print)978-3-658-18301-1
StatePublished - 11 Jun 2017
SeriesWiener Beiträge zur Islamforschung

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