Orthodoxy in America: Local Paradigms

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

in In the World, Yet Not of the World

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231713
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237005 | DOI:

Series: Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought

Orthodoxy in America: Local                         Paradigms

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This chapter presents a collection of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's speeches on Orthodoxy in America and its paradigms. He speaks of mutual respect and tolerance; and enduring common traditions of diversity and liberty, openness and tolerance. Bartholomew mentions that it is clear the Orthodox Church can learn much from America; but there are also a few things America can learn from the Orthodox Church. Therein lie the lessons of Orthodoxy for America — that, paradoxically, faith can endure without freedom, but freedom cannot long abide without faith and while God has led us to reason, reason alone can never lead us back to God. Only faith can do that. He pledges that the Ecumenical Patriarchate, will continue their efforts to be peacemakers and to light the lamp of the human spirit.

Keywords: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew; respect; tolerance; Orthodoxy; America; paradigms; God; faith; Ecumenical Patriarchate; freedom

Chapter.  8988 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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