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Orthodox Christianity and Human Rights in Europe

A Dialogue Between Theological Paradigms and Socio-Legal Pragmatics

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Edited By ELISABETH-ALEXANDRA DIAMANTOPOULOU and Louis-Léon Christians

This collective book aims at examining in what terms, and to what extent, the "reception" of the Human Rights doctrine takes place in Eastern Orthodox countries, as well as in the Orthodox diaspora. A series of questions are raised regarding the resources and theological structures that are mobilized in the overall Human Rights’ debate and controversy, the theological "interpretation" of Human Rights within the Eastern Orthodox spiritual tradition, and the similarities and/or divergences of this "interpretation", compared to the other Christian confessions. Special attention is given to the various Orthodox actors on the international arena, aside the national Orthodox churches, which participate in the Ecumenical dialogue, as well as the dialogue with the European and international institutions.

Religious freedom, as a fundamental Human right, guaranteed by the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR), constitutes a key-issue that contributes to broadening the reflections on the overall Human Rights-related problematic between East and West, by shading light on the more complex issue pertaining to the conceptualization and implementation of Human Rights in countries belonging to the Eastern Orthodox tradition.

The present volume studies the diversity that characterizes the Orthodox theological traditions and interpretations regarding Human Rights, not only in terms of an "external", or a "strategical" approach of socio-political and ecclesial nature, but also through a reflexive analysis of theological discourses.

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Gods, Humans and Religions

While most traditional world religions seem to face a fundamental identity and cultural crisis, signs are indicating that there is a universal need for new spiritual demands and revival, new awakenings of religious practices and feelings. What are the facts beyond these movements? Is there a new human religiosity in the making?

This series will try to bring together witnesses, thinkers, believers and non-believers, historians, scientists of religion, theologians, psychologists, sociologists, philosophers and general writers, from different cultures and languages, to offer a broader perspective on one of the key issues of our new world civilisation in the making.

Series editors: Alberto Fabio Ambrosio and Elisabeth A. Diamantopoulou

Series Titles

No 24 – Elisabeth-Alexandra Diamantopoulou & Louis-Léon Christians (eds.), Orthodox Christianity and Human Rights in Europe. A Dialogue Between Theological Paradigms and Socio-Legal Pragmatics, 2018, ISBN 978-2-8076-0420-9

No 23 – Jean-Pierre Van Halteren, Ces Chrétiens qui ne croyaient pas en Jésus-Christ. Un Christianisme appelé « Géométrie » au Moyen Âge, 2017, ISBN 978-2-8076-0225-0

No 22 – Gürkan Çelik, Johan Leman & Karel Steenbrink (eds.), Gülen-Inspired Hizmet in Europe. The Western Journey of a Turkish Muslim Movement, 2015, ISBN 978-2-87574-275-9

No 21 – Dibudi Way-Way, Mission en retour, réciproque et interculturelle. Étude sur la présence chrétienne africaine en Belgique, 2014, ISBN 978-2-87574-188-2

No 20 – Alexis B. Tengan (ed.), Christianity and Cultural History in Northern Ghana....

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