Dispatches on Nationalism and Religion
- Outlines forms of political orthodoxy in Orthodox churches, past and present
- Assesses phenomena such as nationalism and anti-Semitism
- Suggests ways to bring political Orthodoxy back to the apostolic and patristic track
As an insider to church politics and a scholar of contemporary Orthodoxy, Cyril Hovorun outlines forms of political orthodoxy in Orthodox churches, past and present.
Hovorun draws a big picture of religion being politicized and even weaponized. Political Orthodoxies focuses on the theological underpinnings of the culture wars waged in eastern and southern Europe. He explains the aggressive behavior of Russia toward its neighbors and the West from a religious standpoint. Following his identification and analysis, Hovorun suggests ways to bring political Orthodoxy back to the apostolic and patristic track.
1. Secularism, Civil Religion, and Political Religion
2. How Civil Religion becomes Political Religion: Greece, Romania, and Russia
3. Orthodox Ideologies: Antimodernism, Monarchism, and Conservatism
4. Case Study: Anti-Semitism
5. Case Study: Nationalism
Cyril Hovorun is associate dean for political ecclesiology at Sankt Ignatius Theological Academy in Sweden and senior lecturer at the Stockholm School of Theology. He is the author of Meta-Ecclesiology: Chronicles on Church Awareness (2015) and Will, Action and Freedom: Christological Controversies in the Seventh Century (2008). He has chaired the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s Department of External Relations. He also helped modernize the system of theological education in the Russian Orthodox Church when he was the first deputy chairman of the Educational Committee of the Moscow Patriarchate.