Eastern Orthodoxy

With nearly 300 million adherents worldwide, Eastern Orthodoxy is among the largest branches of Christianity. Most Orthodox majority nations belonged in the Eastern Bloc countries and, following 1989, in postcommunist Eastern Europe. In the Fertile Crescent, following the Arab conquest, most Orthodox churches have gradually become minority churches. Due to a variety of factors, their membership has seriously declined in the 20th century. Conventionally, authors have suggested that Eastern Orthodoxy fosters anti-modernist, anti-secular, and anti-Western sentiments and that it has contributed to the failure of Orthodox countries to successfully integrate into the post-1989 Europe.

After the collapse of Communism, social research has to some degree focused on Eastern Orthodoxy. The historical overlap of Communism with the cultural heritage of Eastern Orthodoxy in most of Eastern and ...

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