Πρόγραμμα Ιερατικών Σπουδών – Περιγραφή Μαθήματος
Course: History of the Orthodox Churches of Southern and Eastern Europe (C)
Course Code: E21
Teaching Credits: 2
Teaching Hours: 2
Description: This includes the history of the Slavic Orthodox Churches of Central, Southern and Eastern Europe, i.e. Czech Republic- Slovakia, Poland, Serbia, Russia, but also including Bulgaria and Romania even though they are not of Slavic origin. These Churches are a result of the Byzantine Church's Missionary work, and while existing under local conditions, are part of the Eastern Orthodox tradition. There is a particular focus on the dynamic slavic hegemony of Central Europe, in Great Moravia and their connection to the Missionary and Cultural efforts of missionaries Cyril and Methodius of Thessaloniki, inside and outside of this country. A focus is placed on the efforts of the Papal See to spread into Orthodox areas using the Uniate method, as in the case of Brest (1596) and Ouzgorod (1646), and their effects of the Orthodox Churches of Central and Eastern Europe. The lesson is enriched with the more recent history of these Orthodox Churches, which had a relation to the political decisions of the atheistic governments during the 20th century. Also shown is the dynamic power of the Christian faith, while recognising the unavoidable losses and difficult conditions.