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Church and Politics

Author(s): Gordana Živković
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Универзитет у Нишу
Keywords: Christianity; Orthodoxy; Religion; Ideology; Politics; Transition

Summary/Abstract: Legitimate place and role of the Churches in contemporary world is in giving support to civilization development and reached standards of morality and humanity, the culture of tolerance, democratic discussions and dialogue. Their specific task in Europe is to be found exactly in contributing to overcoming of "moral deficit". Given the necessity of integration of Europe, which itself is not homogenous but full of cultural differences, Churches could contribute to Europezation of European Union by taking their traditional, in faith founded positions so that they can induce resources of civil society, asking for thorough socio-ethical discussions about just economy, political participation and cultural integrity. However, it is shown that today Churches can well perform their mission, since they are viewed as true guardian of social morality and promoter of universal social values which create foundations of Western European civilization, only if they preserve their churchness and do not be susceptible to numerous temptations of "secularization", "ideologization" and "politization". Exactly here lie chances for Orthodoxy!

  • Issue Year: 2005
  • Issue No: 01+02
  • Page Range: 109-125
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Serbian