An Examination of Church-state Relations in the Byzantine and Russian Empires with an Emphasis on Ideology and Models of Interaction (Studies in Relig
By: Nikolas K. Gvosdev (author)Hardback
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This study examines church-state relations from the Eastern Christian tradition, as manifested in the policies and practices of the Byzantine empire, the Mongol empire and mediaeval Russia, and their implications for modern times.
The legacy of early Christianity; Constantine - archetype of the Christian sovereign; the nature of power and authority in a Christian state; the political language of orthodoxy; unity, citizenship, church, and nation; the importance of founding a new Rome; the theory of symphony; speaking truth to power; mission work and church-state relations; symphony in practice - the case of medieval Georgia; symphony in practice - the theocratic republicanism of the medieval Russian north; the challenge of non-Christian emperors - khans and sultans; the failed third Rome - Russia and the impact of westernization; the Slavophile conception of church-state relations; being subject to the higher powers - four attitudes of the Russian church towards the Soviet regime; church-state relations in Romania, 1947-1958 - the attempt to create symphony within a communist state; concluding thoughts.
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