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O'Mahony, Anthony (2013) Christianity in the Middle East: Modern History and Contemporary Theology and Ecclesiology: An Introduction and Overview. Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, 65 (3-4), pp. 231-260. [Journal Article]

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    Abstract

    Middle East Christianity in the context of the trend towards the study of World Christianity is relatively little studied especially with regard to its Eastern Christian character. Eastern Christianity in the Middle East is a complex reality of various liturgical and theological cultures – Armenian, Coptic, Syriac, Greek and Arabic. Middle Eastern Christian ecclesiology is expressed by the Oriental Orthodox churches; Eastern Orthodox churches; six Eastern Catholic patriarchates; the Church of the East; and various protestant denominations. Eastern Christian theology is marked by a creative richness: ecumenical exchange in Christology and ecclesiology; an emerging political theology especially in relation to Islam; and a retrieval of the style of ‘the Church fathers’. Middle Eastern Christianity, however, is challenged by a series of deep crises: war and interreligious conflict; an intra-Muslim struggle between Sunni and Shiite; lack of religious freedom; significant migration of Christians from the region.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Eastern Christian Studies
    Additional Information: Made available by permission of the publisher (embargo 2 years)
    Department: Theology
    Depositing User: Vicky Rowley
    Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2015 16:06
    Last Modified: 21 Oct 2016 13:28
    URI: http://publications.heythrop.ac.uk/id/eprint/2244

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