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Traditional, secular, and fundamentalist-all three categories are contested, yet in their contestation they shape our sensibilities and are mutually implicated, the one with the others. This interplay brings to the foreground more than ever the question of what it means to think and live as Tradition. The Orthodox theologians of the twentieth century, in particular, have emphasized Tradition not as a dead letter but as a living presence of the Holy Spirit. But how can we discern Tradition as living discernment from fundamentalism? What does it mean to live in Tradition when surrounded by something like the "secular"? These essays interrogate these mutual implications, beginning from the understanding that whatever secular or fundamentalist may mean, they are not Tradition, which is historical, particularistic, in motion, ambiguous and pluralistic, but simultaneously not relativistic.

Contributors: R. Scott Appleby, Nikolaos Asproulis, Brandon Gallaher, Paul J. Griffiths, Vigen Guroian, Dellas Oliver Herbel, Edith M. Humphrey, Slavica Jakelić, Nadieszda Kizenko, Wendy Mayer, Brenna Moore, Graham Ward, Darlene Fozard Weaver

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ISBN-13: 9780823285785
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Series: Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Aristotle Papanikolaou (Edited By)
Aristotle Papanikolaou is Archbishop Demetrios Chair of Orthodox Theology and Culture and Professor of Theology at Fordham University.

George E. Demacopoulos (Edited By)
George E. Demacopoulos is Fr. John Meyendorff & Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies and Professor of Theology at Fordham University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Being as Tradition
Aristotle Papanikolaou and George E. Demacopoulos | 1


Secularism: The Golden Lie
Graham Ward | 21

Collectivistic Christianities and Pluralism: An Inquiry into Agency and Responsibility
Slavica Jakelić | 36

What Difference Do Women Make? Retelling the Story of Catholic Responses to Secularism
Brenna Moore | 60

The Secular Pilgrimage of Orthodoxy in America
Vigen Guroian | 80

Saeculum–Ecclesia–Caliphate: An Eternal Golden Braid
Paul J. Griffiths | 94

A Secularism of the Royal Doors: Toward an Eastern Orthodox Christian Theology of Secularism
Brandon Gallaher | 108


Fundamentalism: Not Just a Cautionary Tale
Edith M. Humphrey | 133

Resolving the Tension between Tradition and Restorationism in American Orthodoxy
Dellas Oliver Herbel | 152

Fundamentalists, Rigorists, and Traditionalists: An Unorthodox Trinity
R. Scott Appleby | 165

“Orthodoxy or Death”: Religious Fundamentalism during the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries
Nikolaos Asproulis | 180

Confession and the Sacrament of Penance after Communism
Nadieszda Kizenko | 204

Conscience and Catholic Identity
Darlene Fozard Weaver | 223

Fundamentalism as a Preconscious Response to a Perceived Threat
Wendy Mayer | 241

Acknowledgments | 261

Contributors | 263

Index | 265

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