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The role of the Church in Financial Crises: The Final Break with the Idea of Symphonia
Stockholm School of Theology, Department of Theology. University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5526-3567
2017 (English)In: Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, ISSN 0009-5141, E-ISSN 1783-1520, Vol. 69, no 1-4, p. 125-136Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Modernity has brought about an increase of the rationalization of society that has placed strenuous pressure on responsible actors, with a heightened risk of dissent. This, in turn, increases the need for established subsystems, which are regulated by steering media such as money and power. If sub-systems are needed in a globalized world, they have to go hand in hand with an increased ability of rationalization in order to keep responsibility personal. Rationalization in a modern world requires a differentiation between objective facts, social consensus or agreements, and subjective commitments. It seems, however, that the church belongs to a pre-modern world with a focus on holistic world views that is precisely the opposite of rationalization as differentiation. Taking this understanding of rationalization as a cue, this paper argues that the current economic crisis in South Eastern Europe has cultural and ecclesial roots that challenge the self-understanding of the church and its practice in relation to society.

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2017. Vol. 69, no 1-4, p. 125-136
Keywords [en]
Global Financial Crisis, 2008-2009, Globalization -- Social aspects, Church and the world, Church and social problems, Civilization -- Philosophy, Greece -- Socio-economic conditions
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-506DOI: 10.2143/JECS.69.1.3214954OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-506DiVA, id: diva2:1368349
Available from: 2019-11-06 Created: 2019-11-06 Last updated: 2019-11-06Bibliographically approved

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