September, 30th, Mainz, Institute for European History, Universitätsstr. 19, Conference Room (1st floor)
What do Orthodox churches think about Europe? Orthodox images of Europe and the project of European integration
The political deepening of the European Union is leading more and more to an intensification of political action by various churches and to a widening of their political perception. In this context, the progressive institutionalization, professionalization and specialization using new representative structures on the European level could be considered as an increasing Europeanization of a new (institutionalized) form of ‚public religion`. With the extension of the European Union by Greece 1981, Cyprus 2004 as well as Romania and Bulgaria 2007, the Orthodox churches are also concerned by this trend. This can be shown for example by the various formations of new representation offices and agencies in Brussels which the Orthodox churches have established in the course of the nineties. In the setting of this development the historical, cultural, religious, theological and ethical European understanding of orthodox churches on the one side and their positions and attitudes to political integration on the other side should be discussed. What do the Orthodox churches understand by Europe? What is the relation of their European understandings and images of Europe to the political idea of ‘Christian Europe’? Which reasons are the churches giving for their positioning and with which values, standards, policies and objectives are they linking them? In which way are these attitudes, views and opinions connected with the articulated confidence into the political system of the European Union? Which opportunities, which dangers are resulting for the European unification? How should Europe define itself to include the Orthodox tradition? Is the cultural heritage of the Orthodox churches in Europe part of the general European cultural heritage? Is the European integration a Western European project which remains a closed book for orthodox Christianity in principle? And finally, to which extent are there tensions and strained relations among the Orthodox churches in the question of European identity?
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- The representative offices in Brussels: Institutional resources of ‘Europeanized Orthodoxy‘?
- The church-state-relationship in Orthodox nation states: A political hot spot for Europe?
- Area of conflicts among Orthodox churches and their importance for ‘European Orthodoxy’
Graduiertenkolleg »Die christlichen Kirchen vor der Herausforderung ›Europa‹«
Institut für Europäische Geschichte c/o Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Tel.: 06131 / 39-27244
Fax: 06131 / 39-27247
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