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Romanian Orthodoxy, Between Ideology of Exclusion and Secularisation Amiable

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Author(s): Florin Lobont

Journal: Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies
ISSN 1583-0039

Volume: 8;
Issue: 24;
Start page: 46;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: modernity | (ultra)nationalism | ethnocentrism | (radical) exclusion | Orthodoxy | identity crisis | tolerance | social theology | universalism

ABSTRACT
The present study represents a preliminary theoretical attempt to analyse the socio-political influence and impact of the Romanian Orthodoxy within the Romanian public life and political culture since 1990, both through the relation between the Orthodox Church and the state, and its impact on the wider society. An open-ended reflection on a constantly unfolding reality, the approach focuses on demonstrating the profound “modernity”—not backwardness—of Orthodoxy’s implicit political theology and derived ideologies and their “modern” destructiveness. The pivotal segment of the study is the relation between modernity and a theory of exclusion derived from a rather unorthodox (brief) interpretation of its emergence from the main carriers of modernity, namely Enlightenment and humanism. Instead of conclusion, the final section compiles and comments a few reformist initiatives and some possible philosophical-theological ways out of the deadlock of ideological self-centrism that still dominates our Orthodoxy.
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