Next Article in Journal
Mourning, Memorials, and Religion: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on the Park51 Controversy
Next Article in Special Issue
A Political End to a Pioneering Career: Marianne Beth and the Psychology of Religion
Previous Article in Journal
Spiritual Well-Being as a Component of Health-Related Quality of Life: The Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy—Spiritual Well-Being Scale (FACIT-Sp)
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Religions 2011, 2(2), 95-113;

Eastern Orthodox Christianity and the Uses of the Past in Contemporary Greece

Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cyprus, PO Box 20537, Nicosia 1678, Cyprus
Received: 15 March 2011 / Revised: 12 April 2011 / Accepted: 4 May 2011 / Published: 11 May 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Special Editors Issue)
Full-Text   |   PDF [396 KB, uploaded 11 May 2011]


The article examines the use of Orthodox Christianity in the debates over the cultural heritage of contemporary Greece. Since the birth of modern Greece, Orthodox Christianity has been used as one of the foundational cultural markers for the construction of Modern Greek national identity. This employment of religion is particularly evident in the case of history in its popularized format. In contemporary cultural politics, debates over the building of a mosque in Athens or the role of Orthodoxy in history textbooks offer particular illustrations of the public significance of Orthodox Christianity. This high profile role was particularly pronounced during the reign of the late Archbishop Christodoulos (1998–2008). The article suggests that the engagement and influence of the Church on public debates depends upon the nature of the affair: The Church enjoys more authority in ecclesiastical issues and is far less influential on issues of broader interest, such as geopolitical disputes. View Full-Text
Keywords: Eastern Orthodox Christianity; heritage; Greece; politics; culture Eastern Orthodox Christianity; heritage; Greece; politics; culture
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Roudometof, V. Eastern Orthodox Christianity and the Uses of the Past in Contemporary Greece. Religions 2011, 2, 95-113.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Religions EISSN 2077-1444 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert Logo copyright Steve Bridenbaugh/UUA
Back to Top