Resilience: Orthodox Theology and Spirituality Engaging in Dialogue with Postmodern Society

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444). This special issue belongs to the section "Religions and Theologies".

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Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
Protestant Theological Faculty, Charles University, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
Interests: ecumenical theology, cultural theology, dialogue with postmodern society, Christian spirituality, Orthodox theology

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Guest Editor
Protestant Theological Faculty, Charles University, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
Interests: hermeneutics; Orthodox theology; ethics; Lutheran theology; distance education

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue will be dedicated to the theme of resilience in current Orthodox theology and spirituality. Resilience in this context will be explored in the following ways:

  1. as long-term care for that which holds human personal and collective life together and gives it meaning and direction;
  2. as a gift and an ability to recover after having encountered situations that are in radical discord with human faith, the desire for truth and justice, and human well-being;
  3. as mechanisms that help in negotiating conflicts and crises, and thus contribute to healing processes;
  4. as a gift and a task to adapt to new circumstances, to integrate insights from dark times, and whatever is left and/or rediscovered from spiritual practices and their theological interpretations.

In these aspects of resilience, the focus will be on personal as well as communal life in its different dimensions. Authors are welcome to explore possibilities of ecclesial life that are sustaining and sustainable in times of institutional crisis, church authority abuse scandals for violent political aims, sexual abuse, and entanglement in nationalism, xenophobia, racism, or sexism. Articles can address developments in current Orthodox political theologies, theological cultural anthropologies, or in different forms of liberative theologies. Studies in Orthodox spirituality could analyse particular practices helping or harming resilience while also focusing on settings or figures both from within and outside of traditional religious structures. The dialogue with postmodern society may include not only recognition of the common social and political realities that Orthodox Christians share with everyone else, but also instances or possibilities of fruitful mutual exchange in the field of art, philosophical reflection, and spiritual search, often marked by the ambivalences of our age, and may provide helpful examples through which postmodern thought can critique Orthodoxy.

We request that, prior to submitting a manuscript, interested authors initially submit a proposed title and an abstract of 200–300 words summarizing their intended contribution. They should send it to the Guest Editor, Prof. Ivana Noble <[email protected]> and Dr. Zdenko Širka <[email protected]>, or to the Assistant Editor of Religions. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Guest Editors for the purposes of ensuring proper fit within the scope of the Special Issue. Full manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer review.

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 December 2024

Deadline for full manuscript submission: 1 June 2025

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Ivana Noble
Dr. Zdenko Širka
Guest Editors

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  • Orthodox theology
  • Orthodox spirituality
  • postmodern society

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