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Herman of Alaska Monastery in Platina, California. He translated Orthodox Christian texts and authored several works some of them considered polemical.
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The religious phenomena of today are symptoms of a "new religious consciousness" that is preparing the world religion of the future. Phenomena such as Yoga, Zen, Tantra, Transcendental Meditation, Maharaj-ji, Hare Krishna, UFOs, the Charismatic Movement and Jonestown are presented in contrast to the Orthodox Patristic standard of spiritual life, without the understanding of which, in the coming time of antichrist, it will scarcely be possible for Christians to be saved. This work is a concise and unequivocal Orthodox statement on contemporary trends; its urgent message rings loud and clear.
About Follow Donate. Polling and Analysis. Concentrated in Europe, Orthodox Christians have declined as a percentage of the global population, but Ethiopian community is highly observant and growing. Over the last century, the Orthodox Christian population around the world has more than doubled and now stands at nearly million.
In Russia alone, it has surpassed million, a sharp resurgence after the fall of the Soviet Union. Yet despite these increases in absolute numbers, Orthodox Christians have been declining as a share of the overall Christian population — and the global population — due to far faster growth among Protestants, Catholics and non-Christians.
The geographic distribution of Orthodoxy also differs from the other major Christian traditions in the 21st century. In — shortly before the watershed events of World War I, the Bolshevik revolution in Russia and the breakup of several European empires — all three major branches of Christianity Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Protestantism were predominantly concentrated in Europe.
Since then, Catholics and Protestants have expanded enormously outside the continent, while Orthodoxy remains largely centered in Europe. Orthodoxy came first to Bulgaria, Serbia and Moravia which is now part of the Czech Republic , and then, beginning in the 10th century, to Russia. Following the Great Schism between the Eastern Orthodox churches and the Western Catholic church in , Orthodox missionary activity expanded across the Russian Empire from the s through the s.
While Orthodoxy spread across the Eurasian landmass, Protestant and Catholic missionaries from Western Europe went overseas, crossing the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. The Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch and British empires, among others, carried Western Christianity Catholicism and Protestantism to sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia and the Americas — regions that in the 20th century experienced much faster population growth than Europe.
On the whole, Orthodox missionary activity outside Eurasia was less pronounced, although Orthodox churches retained footholds through the centuries in the Middle East, and Orthodox missionaries won some converts in such far-flung places as India, Japan, East Africa and North America.
This East African outpost of Orthodoxy reflects two broad trends. And, second, Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia are more religiously observant, by several common measures, than Orthodox Christians in Europe. This is in line with a broader pattern in which Europeans are, on average, less religiously committed than people in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa , according to Pew Research Center surveys. Orthodox Christians in the former Soviet Union generally report the lowest levels of observance among those of their faith, perhaps reflecting the legacy of Soviet repression of religion.
Other former Soviet republics display similarly low levels of religious observance. In sharp contrast, Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia report considerably higher religious observance, on par with other Christians including Catholics and Protestants across sub-Saharan Africa.
Orthodox Christians in the United States, who make up roughly 0. In addition to their shared history and liturgical traditions, what do these disparate communities have in common today? One nearly universal practice among Orthodox Christians is the veneration of religious icons. Most Orthodox Christians around the world say they keep icons or other holy figures in their homes. In fact, having icons is among the few indicators of religiosity on which Central and Eastern European Orthodox Christians surpass Orthodox Ethiopians in surveys.
Orthodox Christians around the world also are linked by a married, all-male priesthood; church structures headed by numerous national patriarchs and archbishops; recognition of divorce; and moral conservatism on issues such as homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
These are among the key findings of a new Pew Research Center study of Orthodox Christianity around the world. The data in this report come from a variety of surveys and other sources. Data on the religious beliefs and practices of Orthodox Christians in nine countries across the former Soviet Union and five other countries in Europe, including Greece, are from surveys conducted by Pew Research Center in In addition, the Center has recent data on many though not all of the same survey questions among Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia and the United States.
While they vary widely in their levels of religious observance, Orthodox Christians around the world are largely united in their affirmation of some distinctive church policies and teachings. In fact, there appears to be more agreement with this position within Orthodoxy than within Catholicism, where majorities in some places say women should be able to become priests. Orthodox opinion is closely divided on the issue of female ordination in Russia and some other countries, but in no country surveyed do a majority of Orthodox Christians support ordaining women as priests.
Orthodox Christians also are broadly united against the idea of the church performing same-sex marriages see Chapter 3. Overall, Orthodox Christians see plenty of common ground between their own faith and Catholicism. For their part, Catholics in the region also tend to see the two traditions as more similar than different.
Formal schism owing to theological and political disputes has divided Eastern Orthodoxy from Roman Catholicism since the year ; while some clerics on both sides have tried for half a century to foster reconciliation, the view that the churches should reunite is a minority position across most of Central and Eastern Europe.
Across the region, many Orthodox Christians decline to answer this question, perhaps reflecting a lack of familiarity with the issue or uncertainty about what communion between the two churches would entail. This pattern may be linked to a wariness of papal authority by Orthodox Christians.
While most Orthodox Christians across Central and Eastern Europe say Pope Francis is improving relations between Catholics and Orthodox Christians, far fewer express a positive opinion of Francis overall. Views on this topic also may be bound up with geopolitical tensions between Eastern and Western Europe.
Orthodox Christians in Central and Eastern Europe tend to orient themselves, both politically and religiously, toward Russia , while Catholics in the region generally look toward the West. Overall, in Central and Eastern Europe, Orthodox support for reconciliation with Catholicism is about as high as Catholic support for it. But in countries with substantial shares of both Orthodox Christians and Catholics, Catholics tend to be more supportive of a return to communion with Eastern Orthodoxy.
A similar pattern is seen in Ukraine and Belarus. Not only are there important theological and doctrinal differences among Orthodox Christians, Catholics and Protestants, but there also are differences within Orthodoxy, which conventionally is divided into two major branches: Eastern Orthodoxy, most of whose adherents live in Central and Eastern Europe, and Oriental Orthodoxy, most of whose adherents live in Africa.
Eastern Orthodoxy, as well as Catholicism and Protestantism, teach that Christ is one person in two natures: both fully divine and fully human, accepting the language from an early Christian gathering called the Council of Chalcedon, held in Data on the beliefs, practices and attitudes of Orthodox Christians in Europe and the former Soviet Union come from surveys conducted between June and July through face-to-face interviews in 19 countries, including 14 for which samples of Orthodox Christians were large enough for analysis.
Findings from these surveys were released in a major Pew Research Center report in May , but additional analysis including results from Kazakhstan, which were not included in the initial report is included throughout this report. Religious Landscape Study. Since the methodology and the mode of the U. In addition, due to differences in questionnaire content, data are not available from all countries for every question analyzed in this report.
Despite the lack of survey data on Orthodox Christians in these countries, they are included in the population estimates in this report. Additional data on the demographic characteristics of Middle Eastern Orthodox Christians, including their declining shares over time, can be found in Chapter 1. The estimates from provide a vantage point on worldwide Orthodoxy at an important historical moment, preceded by an especially active period for Orthodox missionaries across the Russian Empire and shortly before war and political upheaval threw most Orthodox populations into tumult.
Meanwhile, the Russian Revolution of ushered in communist governments that persecuted Christians and other religious groups for the length of the Soviet era. This report, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John Templeton Foundation, is part of a larger effort by Pew Research Center to understand religious change and its impact on societies around the world. About Pew Research Center Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world.
It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. Pew Research Center does not take policy positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts.
Mgvimevi Monastery church, near the city of Chiatura in the Imereti region of Georgia. Sidebar: Eastern Orthodoxy vs. Oriental Orthodoxy Not only are there important theological and doctrinal differences among Orthodox Christians, Catholics and Protestants, but there also are differences within Orthodoxy, which conventionally is divided into two major branches: Eastern Orthodoxy, most of whose adherents live in Central and Eastern Europe, and Oriental Orthodoxy, most of whose adherents live in Africa.
Zurlo, eds. In December they lifted mutual excommunications from the year that had long helped define the schism. Since then, many clerics from both traditions have worked to ease tensions. See the Dec. Pagination Next: 1. Table of Contents Orthodox Christianity in the 21st Century 1. Orthodox Christians are highly religious in Ethiopia, much less so in former Soviet Union 3. Orthodox Christians support key church policies, are lukewarm toward reconciling with Roman Catholic Church 4.
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Some of these changes have also permeated non-western cultural traditions as they have been exposed to and influenced by television and other media that is dominated by western life styles and contexts. A corresponding movement is a vital resurgence of interest in human spirituality. Traditionally, spirituality has resided and been contained within religious frameworks but while the links between the two areas are still acknowledged by many in the contemporary world, spirituality is perceived by some as an aspect of human life that is distinct from religion. Consequently, many are searching for meaning within and without religious traditions today and seeking answers to ethical and moral questions that have been generated by the knowledge and technological explosion. One outcome is the renewed interest in the religious, spiritual and moral dimensions of education throughout the life cycle.
In the book, he argues that humanity is in need of a religious revolution that dispenses with the concept of God and elements of the supernatural, a revolution that expands individual and collective human empowerment by fostering a condition he calls "deep freedom"—a life of creativity, risk, experiment, and meaningful personal connection—protected by structure-revising social and political structures of an empowered democracy hospitable to the context-breaking capacities inherent in human life. Unger opens the book by describing the four incurable defects of human life: death, groundlessness, insatiability, and belittlement. The major world religious traditions, although having certain elements in common, have differed in how they have dealt with these four defects of human life. A hallmark of this second moment of religious belief was the common feature of religion in assuring believers that everything is alright. For the third moment to occur, Unger argues that a religious revolution is needed, a thoroughly naturalistic development of religious belief which offers no assurance that everything is alright, but offers a heightened, intensified, and more meaningful life in the present, rather than at some indefinitely postponed future time.
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