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Biserica Ortodoxă Română – între dogmă și ideologie
The Romanian Orthodox Church – Between Dogma and Ideology

Author(s): Sorin Bocancea
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Editura Lumen, Asociatia Lumen
Keywords: communism; dogma; ideology; nationalism; spirituality; The Romanian Orthodox Church

Summary/Abstract: Besides its dogma, the Romanian Orthodox Church (BOR) also built itself an ideology. This ideology is not a new one, but is nationalism. Being one of the institutions which have accompanied the modern Romanian state since its establishment up to nowadays, and having an important role within the latter, especially after the fall of the communist regime BOR has presented itself in public discourse as the only institution which safe keeps “the Romanian spirituality”. The revival of nationalism after the failure of the communist regime created for BOR a situation in which it has been able to claim that it is the only keeper of the “Romanian soul”, of the “nation’s spirituality”. Although the laws stipulate that there is no state Church in Romania, BOR continues to present itself as such a unique Church, claiming, in its documents, that it is the “Church of the Romanian nation” or the “Ancestors’ Church”. This ideology has helped it make Romanians forget its collaboration with the communist power and thus keep a top place in their preferences.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 10
  • Page Range: 171-183
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Romanian