Price of Propheecy
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The emergence of Eastern Europe from its Communist past, and the Orthodox background of several prominent American political figures such as Michael Dukakis and Paul Tsongas, make this unprecedented examination of the public moral witness of the Orthodox churches especially timely. The study reveals the depths of politicization of this ancient, vast, but unfamiliar religious community, particularly the 60-million-member Russian Orthodox Church, the 18-million-member Romanian Orthodox Church, and the much smaller but vocal Orthodox groups in the United States, including the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and the Orthodox Church in America. The author mines the primary sources-bishops' encyclicals, resolutions of clergy-laity conventions, and other official documents-to discover what they say about relations between the Orthodox churches and the Communist and democratic states in which they operate, and about issues of freedom and human rights, war and peace, and national security. The result is a disturbing portrait of Orthodox religious leaders.
This compellilng book analyzes the public moral witness and official policy statements of the Orthodox Church--looking individually and collectively at its varied forms in Russia, Romania, and North America--and attempts to clarify their implications for key ethical issues integral to the Christian concern for the common good.