Special Issue "Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism: Contemporary Issues in Global Perspective"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2021) | Viewed by 19682
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Interests: Orthodox and Evangelical relations; Orthodox history, theology and spirituality; New Testament and patristic exegesis
Interests: modern religious history (currently including Evangelical-Orthodox interactions; the Plymouth Brethren and their missions; history of the Catholic Apostolic Church; history of the reformation on the Isle of Man)
Since the 1990s, the Eastern Orthodox and Protestant Evangelical communities have had more direct contacts with each other than at any other time. This special issue will focus on current developments and issues in specific regions of the world.
With the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, Western missionaries began flooding the former Soviet Union, Romania and other Eastern European block countries, often without consultation with existing Evangelical communities in those countries. Partly in response to this wave of Evangelical missions, a new paradigm of ecumenical relations emerged among professional theologians in America when the Society for the Study of Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism (SSEOE) was formed in 1990. Comparative theology, spirituality and missions formed the focus of the organization whose archives are now housed in Asbury Theological Seminary. In 1997, the World Council of Churches (WCC) began its first series of international dialogues between the Orthodox and Evangelical communities over concerns regarding Evangelical proselytism in Russia and Eastern Europe but also shared concerns regarding perceived theological trends within the WCC itself. Publications include Proclaiming Christ Today: Orthodox-Evangelical Consultation (1995); and Turn to God, Rejoice in Hope (1998). From 2000-2006, a second series of seminars resulted in the publication of Building Bridges: Between the Orthodox and Evangelical Traditions (2012). Theological and missiological subjects were explored, but financial constraints eventually ended these gatherings. In 2001, the Evangelical Alliance in the UK published Evangelicalism and the Orthodox Church. It was produced by a group of Evangelical and Orthodox theologians whose goal was to lay a foundation for mutual understanding by comparing and contrasting Orthodox and Evangelical beliefs and practices. Since then, the main ongoing exchange between Orthodox and Evangelicals has been that initiated in 2010 by leaders within the Lausanne Movement and the Oriental and Eastern Orthodox churches, which resulted in the formation of the Lausanne-Orthodox Initiative. Unlike other dialogues, this focuses on exploring how the two traditions can cooperate in the mission of God. A selection of past presentations appears in The Mission of God: Studies in Orthodox and Evangelical Mission (2015). However, in spite of all the work that has been done, there remains scope for further scholarly investigation; for example, few regional studies have examined areas outside the Anglophone world, or the political and legal aspects of relationships between these traditions.
The aim of this volume is to assemble a collection of scholarly essays on current issues and/or developments in Orthodox-Evangelical relations, at both global and national levels, which will inform ongoing dialogue. Essays may evaluate regional meetings, discuss the history of relationships, or consider current missiological challenges, political and legal issues, comparative theology or other topics. They may focus on (but are not limited to) relations in Russia, Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America, Australia and Greece. Sensitivity to the nuances of difference between Eastern and Western Evangelicals and Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox communities is especially welcome. The suggested length of essays is between 3,000-6,000 words, but this is flexible.
Dr. Bradley Nassif
Dr. Tim Grass
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