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The Orthodox Church and the national uprising



The Orthodox Church and the national uprising


25 February 2021


The School of Theology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, alongside with the research team of the programme “DiaPaNtos.21” funded by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation, shall participate in the celebratory events hosted by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki for the bicentenary of the national uprising, by organizing a scientific conference entitled “The Orthodox Church and the national uprising”. The conference will approach key historical and theoretical issues, which relate to the Orthodox Church’s stance during the conduct of the struggle.

The topics of the first session of the conference included the institution of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the Ottoman Empire and its attitude during the revolution, the clergy who took up arms during the struggle, the institution of the church in both the Ottoman Empire and the relationship between the Church and the “state” of the rebels.

The second session discussed theoretical issues such as the use of violence and the church, the new martyrs and the national martyrs, the social role of the church both in the Ottoman Empire and during the revolution, but also the critical attitude of leftist historiography regarding the role of the church in the revolution.

(Edited and translated description from organiser’s website and researcher’s observations)

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