Political Theologies in Orthodox Christianity, Distance Education

The relationships between the Church and the State, between the realm of politics and the realm of faith, have been reflected upon from the earliest times of Christianity. This gave rise to a variety of ’political theologies,’ i.e. theological reflections upon the meaning of the socio-political sphere and the ways in which Christian faith can be related to/reconciled with the sphere of politics. Students will learn about both traditional and contemporary Orthodox theological approaches to the socio-political sphere, and the ways in which they can be related to similar discourses developed in the West.

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

  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of the major approaches in the field of Orthodox political theology, both traditional and contemporary
  • Critically examine theological approaches to the socio-political sphere
  • Compare and contrast Orthodox political theologies to the broader social, cultural and ideological contexts in which they evolved
  • Produce relevant arguments concerning the relationship between the political sphere and (Orthodox) Christianity

Reservation för revidering av litteraturen.

  • Eusebius, Pamphilius, 2015. Life of Constantine. Scotts Valley California : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. (90 s.)

  • O'Donovan , Oliver & O'Donovan , Joan Lockwood, 1999. From Irenaeus to Grotius: A Sourcebook in Christian Political Thought. Grand Rapids Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. (200 s.)

  • Brecken , William & Bowden , John , 1999. Holy Russia and Christian Europe: East and West in the Religious Ideology of Russia. Norwich Norfolk : Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd publishers. (240 s.)

  • Canning , Joseph , 1996. A History of Medieval Political Thought . 2 uppl. Oxford & New York: Routledge Taylor and Francis Group. (200 s.)

  • Demarcopoulos, George , 2016. Democracy, and the Shadow of Constantine (Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought). 1 uppl. Fordham New York : Fordham University Press. (120 s.)

  • Papanikolaou, Aristotle , 2012. The Mystical as Political: Democracy and Non-Radical Orthodoxy. 1 uppl. Notre Dame Indiana: : University of Notre Dame Press. (200 s.)

  • Schmitt, Carl & Miller, C. J, , 2020. Political Theology: Four Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty. Quakertown Pennslyvania: Antelope Hill Publishing . (100 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.)

Kurslitteraturen reviderades senast 22 januari 2020.

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

Öppna schemat

Davor Džalto




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


  • Hemtentamen
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  • 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 18 december 2019.