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Religions 2017, 8(8), 131; doi:10.3390/rel8080131

Orthodoxy in Engagement with the ‘Outer’ World. The Dynamic of the ‘Inward-Outward’ Cycle

Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, The Cambridge Theological Federation, 25–27 High Street Chesterton, Cambridge CB4 1NQ, UK
Received: 24 May 2017 / Revised: 18 July 2017 / Accepted: 20 July 2017 / Published: 26 July 2017
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This study explores the tension between the centripetal and centrifugal forces informing the activity of the Orthodox Church—both with regard to its interaction with the secular world and the wider ecumenical scene. The Church is called to look inwardly as an essential connection with its intimate sacramental life. This contraction must be followed organically by a movement of expansion—a continuing sacramental interaction with the secular local context and the wider Christian world. This cyclical movement (inward-outward) informs all Christian life in a mutually perpetuating rotation. Although the reaction to any engagement with the ‘outer’ dimensions is often one of rejection, it is nevertheless crucial as it brings fullness and fulfils the vocation and identity of the Orthodox Church. View Full-Text
Keywords: practical theology; ecumenism; Orthodoxy practical theology; ecumenism; Orthodoxy
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Porumb, R. Orthodoxy in Engagement with the ‘Outer’ World. The Dynamic of the ‘Inward-Outward’ Cycle. Religions 2017, 8, 131.

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