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Orthodox Christianity and Human Rights in Europe

A Dialogue Between Theological Paradigms and Socio-Legal Pragmatics



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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With the support of the EU-Marie-Curie Program, the Chair for Law and Religion and The Research Institute Religions Spiritualities Cultures Societies, Université Catholique de Louvain, 2017.

Cover picture: Panagia Kavouradena, Leros, Greece. This publication has been peer reviewed. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form, by print, photocopy, microfilm or any other means, without prior written permission from the publisher. All rights reserved. © P.I.E. PETER LANG S.A.     Éditions scientifiques internationales     Brussels, 2018     1 avenue Maurice, B-1050 Brussels, Belgique;

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Diamantopoulou, Elisabeth A., editor. | Christians, Louis-Léon, editor. Title: Orthodox Christianity and human rights in Europe : a dialogue between theological paradigms and sociolegal pragmatics / Elisabeth A. Diamantopoulou and Louis-Léon Christians (eds.). Description: New-York: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2018. | Includes bibliographicalreferences and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2018014161| ISBN 9782807604209 (pbk.: alk. paper) | ISBN 9782807604216 (epdf: alk. paper) | ISBN 9782807604223 (epub : alk. paper) | ISBN 9782807604230 (emobi : alk. paper) Subjects: LCSH: Human rights--Religious aspects--Orthodox Eastern Church. | Orthodox Eastern Church--Doctrines. Classification: LCC BX337 .O775 2018 | DDC 261.7088/2819--dc23 LC record available at CIP also available at the British Library Bibliographic information published by “Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek”. “Die Deutsche National Bibliothek” lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data is available on the Internet at .

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