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Church and World: Global Perspectives

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/9780823231713.003.0005

Series: Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought

Church and World: Global                         Perspectives

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Globalization tends to evolve from a means of bringing the peoples of the world together as brothers and sisters to a means of expanding the economic dominance of the financial giants even over peoples to whom access to economic opportunity was denied because of national borders and cultural barriers. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew mentions that it is not their intention or responsibility to suggest ways and means by which this danger can be contained or eliminated. They do, however, have a duty to point out and proclaim that the highest pursuit of humanity is not economic enrichment or economic expansion. As a representative of the Orthodox Church, their desire is to safeguard the possibility for the members of every religious or cultural minority to maintain their distinctiveness and the particularity of their culture.

Keywords: globalization; Orthodox Church; religious minority; cultural minority; culture; Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew; duty; humanity

Chapter.  38792 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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