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Religion and Society: Social Insights

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823231713.003.0004

Series: Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought

Religion and Society: Social                         Insights

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The Ecumenical Patriarchate has sought to assist in the reconstruction of the moral, ethical, religious, and social fabric that was torn asunder by decades of atheistic totalitarian regimes. The pilgrimage to America will be cause for an awakening of the historical, religious, and cultural significance of the civilizations of the East. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew discusses that the hallmark of modernity is that social empowerment is centered on the individual's self-conscious understanding of his place in the world. Human rights are seen as an outgrowth of individual rights, rights that have been described in increasingly secular terms since the Enlightenment. Contemporary society is puzzled by, and often in conflict with, an interpretation of human rights that is centered on a religious understanding. Doctrinaire religious extremism is the dangerous prelude to religious fanaticism and persecution. Bartholomew reiterates their deeply held belief that violence in the name of religion is violence against all religion.

Keywords: Ecumenical Patriarchate; pilgrimage; America; religious extremism; Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew; human rights; society; religion

Chapter.  26799 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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