Ecclesiology in Contemporary Orthodox Theology , Distance Education

Public ecclesiology is a branded field in the Stockholm School of Theology. It combines two disciplines: ecclesiology and public theology. This course studies the church in the international public square, i.e., through its interaction with the international community and civil society. The course focuses on regions where Christianity was persecuted under Communist regimes, or exists as a minority amidst a Muslim majority. Eastern Christianity faces particular challenges and temptations in these regions, where the public square differs from those in the West. This course explores some of these challenges and temptations, including ideologization and the politicization of religion.

By the end of the course, the student is expected to be able to:

  • Identify and assess the main problems and focal points of modern ecclesiology.
  • Critically discern private and public functions of religion.
  • Creatively model various roles that the church could play in the public square.
  • With high degree of independence, evaluate the interactions of the churches with the international community.
  • Argue for the compatibility of Christianity and democracy.

Reservation för revidering av litteraturen.

  • D’Costa, Gavin , 2005. Theology in the Public Square: Church, Academy, and Nation. 1 uppl. Hoboken: New Jersey: Wiley Blackwell: Wiley and Sons Publishing. (200 s.)

  • Stoeckl, Kristina & Ingeborg, Gabriel & Papanikolaou, Aristotle, 2017. Political Theologies in Orthodox Christianity: Common Challenges - Divergent Positions. London: T & T Clark International & Bloomsbury Publishing. (300 s.)

  • Bodrov, Alexei & Garrett, Stephen M. , 2020. Cover Theology and the Political Theology and the Political Theo-political Reflections on Contemporary Politics in Ecumenical Conversation. Leiden South Holland : Brill Academic Publishers. (285 s.)

  • Williams , Rowan, 2015. Faith in the Public Square. London & New York: Bloomsbury: Bloomsbury Continuum Publishing. (326 s.)

  • Volf, Miroslav, 2011. A Public Faith, How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good. Grand Rapids Michigan: Brazos Press Division . (150 s.)

  • Preston, Andrew & Schulman, Bruce J. & Zelizer, Julian E. , 2015. Faithful Republic: Religion and Politics in Modern America. Philadelphia Pennyslyvania: University of Pennyslyvania. (200 s.)

  • Kaldellis, Anthony, 2015. The Byzantine Republic: People and power of the New Rome. Cambridge Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. (200 s.)

  • Hofstee, Wim & Van der Kooij, Arie, 2013. Religion beyond its Private Role in Modern Society (International Studies in Religion and Society). Leiden South Holland : Brill Academic Publishers. (280 s.)

  • Butler, Judith mfl., 2011. The power of religion in the Public square. New York City: Columbia University Press. (150 s.)

Schemat finns tillgängligt senast en månad innan kursen startar. Vi rekommenderar inte att du skriver ut schemat eftersom vissa ändringar kan ske.

Öppna schemat

Cyril Hovorun

Professsor, archimandrite



A = Framstående, B = Mycket bra, C = Bra, D = Tillfredsställande, E = Tillräcklig, Fx = Otillräcklig, komplettering möjlig, F = Otillräcklig


  • Hemtentamen
  • PM
  • Seminarier

A Bachelor’s degree in Theology (equivalent to the Swedish Kandidatexamen) from an internationally recognized university. Proficiency in English through an internationally recognized test, e. g. TOEFL, IELTS, or the equivalent.

Fastställd av Ämnesföreträdarkollegiet vid Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm den 15 december 2020.