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An Examination of Church-State Relations in the Byzantine and Russian Empires with an Emphasis on Ideology and Models of Interaction

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Gvosdev (church-state studies, Baylor U.) considers the general Eastern Christian (both Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian) perspective on church-state relations as expressed in its history and theology. Coverage extends from the legacy of early Christianity through the edicts of Emperor Constantine, theocratic republicanism in medieval Russia, attitudes of the Russian Church towards the Soviet regime, and church-state relations in Romania from ...
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Overview

Gvosdev (church-state studies, Baylor U.) considers the general Eastern Christian (both Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian) perspective on church-state relations as expressed in its history and theology. Coverage extends from the legacy of early Christianity through the edicts of Emperor Constantine, theocratic republicanism in medieval Russia, attitudes of the Russian Church towards the Soviet regime, and church-state relations in Romania from 1947 to 1958.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Legacy of Early Christianity 9
Ch. 2 Constantine: Archetype of the Christian Sovereign 19
Ch. 3 The Nature of Power and Authority in a Christian State 29
Ch. 4 The Political Language of Orthodoxy 39
Ch. 5 Unity, Citizenship, Church, and Nation 55
Ch. 6 The Importance of Founding a "New Rome" 73
Ch. 7 The Theory of Symphony 85
Ch. 8 Speaking Truth to Power 107
Ch. 9 Mission Work and Church-State Relations 121
Ch. 10 "Symphony" in Practice: The Case of Medieval Georgia 137
Ch. 11 "Symphony" in Practice: The Theocratic Republicanism of the Medieval Russian North 149
Ch. 12 The Challenge of Non-Christian "Emperors": Khans and Sultans 163
Ch. 13 The Failed Third Rome: Russia and the Impact of Westernization 175
Ch. 14 The Slavophile Conception of Church-State Relations 195
Ch. 15 Being Subject to the Higher Powers: Four Attitudes of The Russian Church Towards the Soviet Regime 205
Ch. 16 Church-State Relations in Romania, 1947-1958: The Attempt to Create "Symphony" Within a Communist State 221
Ch. 17 Concluding Thoughts 233
App Canons and Councils 241
Bibliography and Literature Review 243
Index 265
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