Like everything in our time, Orthodoxy has entered into the global condition – without, however, losing its local commitments. And far from being a static tradition, World Orthodoxy is full of developments that often play a central role in current affairs – national, regional or international.
Timetables of Greek cities is pleased to present to you next week a weekly column entitled “A Glimpse of World Orthodoxy” by author and researcher, Dr. Vassilis Adrahtas, who will explore the faith of some 300 million Christians, in an international context.
Like everything in our time, Orthodoxy has entered into the global condition – without, however, losing its local commitments. And far from being a static tradition, World Orthodoxy is full of developments that often play a central role in current affairs – national, regional or international. At the same time, World Orthodoxy is a field of creativity at the level of ideas and culture which remains unexplored due to age-old social prejudices, but which nevertheless deserves to be expressed and known.
Of course, global Orthodoxy remains in many ways deeply a local reality and in some cases even a parochial reality. The relationship between past and present is not always easy to navigate, while the future remains a great challenge for the accountability of Orthodox people, institutions and leaders around the world. Nevertheless, the resulting tensions and contradictions testify to the fact that Orthodoxy is alive and well.
“A Glimpse of World Orthodoxy” will feature opinion pieces that, on the one hand, capture the pulse of global Orthodoxy from the perspective of local sensitivities, needs and/or limitations, and on the other hand delve into local pragmatics and the importance of Orthodoxy in the light of global trends and prerogatives. Last but not least, it will not just be a chronicle on current events, but a chronicle on understanding.
Dr. Vassilis Adrahtas holds a PhD in Religious Studies (USyd) and a PhD in Sociology of Religion (Panteion). He has taught at several universities in Australia and overseas. Since 2015, he has been teaching religion and ancient Greek myths at the University of New South Wales and Islamic studies at the University of Western Sydney. He has published ten books. He has extensive experience in the print media as an editor and columnist, and for a time he worked as a radio producer.He lives in Sydney, Australia, his hometown.
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