Ancient Glory and New Mission: The Serbian Orthodox Church

Ivanović, Filip (2008) Ancient Glory and New Mission: The Serbian Orthodox Church. Studies in World Christianity, 14 (3). pp. 220-232. ISSN 1750-0230

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The Orthodox Church exists and lives within history and passes through it without changing its identity. This is a very important aspect of Orthodoxy which one should always have in mind when dealing with questions that regard the orthodox part of Christianity. This means that the Church always remains the same in its canonical organisation and theological teachings. However, the Church exists inside human society and interacts with it. In the light of the ever-changing interests of contemporary man, the riddle that stands before us is as follows. What does the ostensibly static and passive Orthodox Church have to offer modern society and in what form? What could be the role of the Orthodox Church in contemporary integrations? What is the place of the Church in the modern capitalistic system? These questions remain very difficult and challenging, especially when they are addressed to the Serbian Orthodox Church, which exists in the part of Europe where peace and stability still seem to be goals impossible to achieve. It is my experience that the western readership is not quite familiar with the historical and cultural background of the Balkans area, which, unfortunately, has become more known for military operations and difficult political processes. It therefore gives me even greater pleasure to contribute this article. Before considering the contemporary issues with which the Serbian Orthodox Church is concerned, I find it necessary to offer a brief historical introduction to its developlment.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Mission theology/theory
B Mission theology/theory > Identity issues
B Mission theology/theory > Contextualization/Inculturation
D World Christianity and Central Eastern Europe > Europe
G Christian traditions/Denominations > Eastern Orthodox
H Social research and religion in Central Eastern Europe
Divisions: Balkan countries
Balkan countries > Serbia‎
Depositing User: Speranca Tomin
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2021 14:27
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2021 14:27

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