Identity Discourse in Postmodern Eastern Orthodoxy

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Nina Dimitrova


This text will comment on some of the important aspects of the connection between Eastern Orthodoxy and contemporary civilization, the historical development of which has been designated as post-modernity. Being neither modern, nor postmodern, nor anti-modern (because these predicates are not relevant to it), Orthodoxy has to answer the question as to whether globalization is analogous to the “cosmic liturgy” sought by the Christian religion as a whole, or to the contrary, is moving away from it. The other basic problem of Orthodoxy – especially in what were formerly designated as East European societies – is that it should be identified with nationality. To be Orthodox often means to be a Bulgarian, a Serb, a Russian, a Romanian, etc. Ethnic affiliation and Orthodox affiliation are often interchangeable. Thus, the nationalization of Orthodoxy is becoming a major problem that the Church must resolve.

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DIMITROVA, Nina. Identity Discourse in Postmodern Eastern Orthodoxy. Annals of the University of Bucharest - Philosophy Series, [S.l.], v. 66, n. 1, july 2017. ISSN 0068-3175. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 18 feb. 2019.