Book Discusses Orthodox Christianity And Modern Politics

Aug. 15, 2000

Dr. Nikolas Gvosdev, associate director of Baylor University's J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies, examines the tradition of Orthodox Christianity and its role in contemporary political society in his new book, Emperors and Elections: Reconciling the Orthodox Tradition with Modern Politics (Nova Science Publishers).

"The concept of popular election is not a modern or 'Western' idea but very much rooted in the historic experience of local Orthodox congregations and communities," Gvosdev said. "Not only can Orthodoxy comfortably co-exist with the institutions of modern democracy, Orthodox concepts about the dignity of the individual and the importance of the community can make a valuable contribution to modern political thought."

In the book, Gvosdev discusses such issues as Orthodoxy and the state, the elective principles in the Orthodox tradition, and political economy and education within the Orthodox social tradition, among others.

For more information, contact Gvosdev at (254) 710-1510.

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