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THE ORTHODOX CHURCH AND SOCIETY:

Introduction By Father Andrew Harrison

The Orthodox Church and Society is presented as an encyclical from the Russian Orthodox Church. It reveals the vitality of the Church after emerging from 70 years of persecution by the godless Communist regime. During that period all public pronouncements were under the authority and approval of the government. This document represents a statement from a free Orthodox Church confronting the present global moral issues which all Christians face. The original document was published by Department of External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church Moscow 2000. The English translation was edited by Firebird Publishers of Belleville, Michigan who significantly edited the document for English word use, comprehension, grammar, spelling, syntax, typographical, translation and factual errors and added a Table of Contents and Index. We gratefully thank Firebird Publishers for granting permission to post this on our web site. It can be searched either by the table of contents or by the index.



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The Orthodox Church and Society:
The Basis of the Social Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church Document Adopted by the Jubilee Bishops’ Council of the Russian Orthodox Church

August 13 - 16, 2000 Christ the Savior Cathedral Moscow

ST. INNOCENT/FIREBIRD Publishers Belleville, Michigan USA Original document and English translation © 2000, Department of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate

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Contents

 
I. BASIC THEOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES
II. CHURCH AND NATION
III. CHURCH AND STATE
IV. CHRISTIAN ETHICS AND SECULAR LAW
V. CHURCH AND POLITICS
VI. LABOR AND ITS FRUITS
VII. PROPERTY
VIII. WAR AND PEACE
IX. CRIME,. PUNISHMENT, REFORMATION
X. PERSONAL, FAMILY AND PUBLIC MORALITY
XI. PERSONAL AND NATIONAL HEALTH
XII. PROBLEMS OF BIO-ETHICS
XIII. THE CHURCH AND ECOLOGICAL PROBLEMS
XIV. SECULAR SCIENCE, CULTURE AND EDUCATION
XV. THE CHURCH AND THE MASS MEDIA
XVI. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS; PROBLEMS OF GLOBALIZATION AND SECULARISM
 
Statement from the Bishop
Index