Religion and Politics

Publications: 114

Putin’s Unorthodox Orthodoxy
Global Orthodoxy, Religion and Politics

Putin’s Unorthodox Orthodoxy

Yesterday, the New York Times published an essay exposing and critiquing the ways that Vladimir Putin is exploiting Orthodox Christianity in order to project international significance.  In the summer of 2014, we raised these issues in an op-ed piece we wrote for a blog hosted by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and examined why both Orthodox and Western…

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Holy and Great Council, Religion and Politics

Brexit and the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church: The Return of Nationalism

During the last weeks of June 2016, two major international events took place, namely the ‘Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church’, on the island of Crete (June 16-27), and the British referendum that narrowly voted to leave the European Union (June 23). At first sight, the two events are unrelated. One is the…

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Trump and Humiliation
Religion and Politics

Trump and Humiliation

A recurrent refrain in Donald Trump’s 2011 book Time to Get Tough is that America is being laughed at—by China, OPEC, Russia, Iran. Compared to their leaders ours are weak and stupid.  Trump describes Barack Obama’s approach on geopolitical and economic issues as “embarrassing.” Obama is said to “grovel,” “kiss the feet” of foreign leaders…

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Trump and Transgression
Religion and Politics

Trump and Transgression

Although there are, as many commentators have observed, social and economic factors at play, a perhaps more significant key to understanding the popularity of Donald Trump’s campaign is its sheer transgressive quality.  In this sense I would suggest that Trump’s campaign is a phenomenon entirely in keeping with an essential dynamic of our cultural fabric….

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Orthodoxy and Modernity, Religion and Politics

What Orthodox Christianity Can Bring to American Christian Politics

Politics may make for strange bedfellows but the political alliances forged by many American Christians are worse than strange—they are ironic and self-contradictory. On the left, partisans draw on Christian teaching to pursue social justice, racial and gender equality, and responsibility for the environment. But in order to have a voice within the political left,…

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Public Orthodoxy is a publication of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University