Orthodox Constructions of the West

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The category of the “West” has played a particularly significant role in the modern Eastern Orthodox imagination. It has functioned as an absolute marker of difference from what is considered to be the essence of Orthodoxy and, thus, ironically has become a constitutive aspect of the modern Orthodox self.

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The category of the “West” has played a particularly significant role in the modern Eastern Orthodox imagination. It has functioned as an absolute marker of difference from what is considered to be the essence of Orthodoxy and, thus, ironically has become a constitutive aspect of the modern Orthodox self. The essays collected in this volume examine the many factors that contributed to the “Eastern” construction of the “West” in order to understand why the “West” is so important to the Eastern "It ['Orthodox Constructions of the West'] is a goldmine of insights and wonderfully refreshing blunt talk, making it an excellent book for the scholar and general reader alike."—Eastern Christian Books
"This book represents a significant step in the direction of self-reflection and self-criticism that has almost completely eluded Orthodox identity narratives colored by centuries of political oppression and demographic challenges.
After too long a wait, such an initiative is all the more remarkable: it approaches the prophetic. Demacopoulos and Papanikolaou are to be recognized for having assembled a world-class array of scholars in diverse fields to produce a compilation that is fascinating, accessible, and at points highly challenging. It will inspire heated debate, and will surely become a staging point for future work."—Peter C. Bouteneff, St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary
“The authors of these essays critique the predominant practice among many leading Orthodox thinkers of defining Orthodoxy as ‘that which Western
Christianity is not.’ Through successive layers of historical and theoretical
analysis, the volume shakes this dominant paradigm and demonstrates how much more complex—and problematic—Orthodox constructions of ‘the West’ are.”
—Perry Hamalis, North Central College

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Author George Demacopoulos and Aristotle Papanikolau
Pages 380
Cover Soft
Width (mm) 152
Height (mm) 228

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