The Orthodox Church. Teaching and witness according to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Course Information
TitleΗ Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία, η διδασκαλία και η μαρτυρία κατά τον Οικουμενικό Πατριάρχη Βαρθολομαίο / The Orthodox Church. Teaching and witness according to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorStylianos Charalampidis
Course ID600014280

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students will be able: 1. To realize the timeliness, the range and the catholicity of the patriarchal teaching. 2. To understand the international environment in which the patriarchal teaching is articulated. 3. To be aware of the importance of the Orthodox Church’s witness in the modern world. 4. To creatively use the patriarchal teaching while meeting with people of other Christian denominations and other religions. 5. To evaluate the key role of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the context of inter – Orthodox and inter – Christian relations.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is one of the leading figures not only of the Orthodox but also of the entire Christian world. His patriarchy is a milestone for the modern history of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The subject of this course is the understanding of Orthodox Christianity today through the teaching of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Outline of lectures: 1. The Ecumenical Patriarchate throughout history Α΄. 2. The Ecumenical Patriarchate throughout history Β΄. 3. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s biography (His ecclesiastical and scientific work). 4. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Greek minority in Istanbul. 5. The Ecumenical Patriarchate within the Orthodox world. The Ecumenical Patriarch as “primus inter pares” Α΄. 6. The Ecumenical Patriarchate within the Orthodox world. The Ecumenical Patriarch as “primus inter pares” Β΄. 7. The inter – Christian diakonia of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The contribution of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Α΄. 8. The inter – Christian diakonia of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The contribution of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Β΄. 9. Ecumenical Patriarchate and inter – religious dialogues. The contribution of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the encounter with other religions. 10. Ecumenical Patriarchate and the environment. The “Green Patriarch”. 11. The modern world through the patriarchal teaching (secularization, globalization, fanaticism, nationalism, racism). 12. Ecumenical Patriarchate and social problems. The social dimension of the patriarchal teaching (social justice, poverty, inequality). 13. Ecumenical Patriarchate and human rights (religious freedom, religious tolerance. Halki Theological School as a case study).
Ecumenical Patriarchate, Orthodox Church, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, orthodox teaching, orthodox witness.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities
Written assigments
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Ν. Ματσούκα, “Δογματική και Συμβολική Θεολογία”, τόμ. Γ΄, εκδ. Κυριακίδη, Θεσσαλονίκη 2016 (ISBN: 978-960-599-144-9)
Additional bibliography for study
1. J. Chryssavgis, “Bartholomew: Apostle and Visionary. 25 years of guiding the Christian East”, Thomas Nelson Publishing, Nashville Tennessee 2016 2. Ol. Clément, “«Ἡ ἀλήθεια ἐλευθερώσει ὑμᾶς». Συνομιλώντας με τον Οικουμενικό Πατριάρχη Βαρθολομαίο Α΄”, μτφρ. Κ. Χιωτέλλη, εκδ. Ακρίτας, Αθήνα 1997 3. Βαρθολομαίου, Οικουμενικού Πατριάρχου, “Η οικουμενική συνείδησις της Εκκλησίας Κωνσταντινουπόλεως και η μέριμνα των Εκκλησιών”, Εκκλησία 64(1987), σσ. 316 – 319, 396 – 399 4. Βαρθολομαίου, Οικουμενικού Πατριάρχου, “Το Οικουμενικόν Πατριαρχείον ως εκφραστής της κανονικής συνειδήσεως της Ορθοδόξου Εκκλησίας”, Ε.Ε.Θ.Σ.Α.Π.Θ./Τμ. Ποιμαντικής 1(1990), σσ. 11 – 28 5. Βαρθολομαίου, Οικουμενικού Πατριάρχου, “Ορθοδοξία και Ευρώπη (Ομιλία προς την ολομέλεια του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου)”, εκδ. Αντ. Ν. Σάκκουλα, Αθήνα 1994 6. Βαρθολομαίου, Οικουμενικού Πατριάρχου, “Αρχαί καί αξίαι ως βάσεις δια την οικοδόμησιν της Ευρώπης”, Εκκλησία 80(2003), σσ. 341 – 345 7. Βαρθολομαίου, Οικουμενικού Πατριάρχου, “Συνάντηση με το Μυστήριο. Μια σύγχρονη ανάγνωση της Ορθοδοξίας”, μτφρ. Π. Τσαλίκη – Κιοσόγλου, εκδ. Ακρίτας, Αθήνα 2011 8. Κ. Γιοκαρίνη, “Βαρθολομαίος ο Α΄”, στο: “Ορθοδοξία και Οικουμένη (Χαριστήριος Τόμος προς τιμήν του Οικουμενικού Πατριάρχου Βαρθολομαίου Α΄)”, εκδ. Αρμός, Αθήνα 2000, σσ. ιθ΄ – λη΄ 9. Μ. Γρινιεζάκη, “Πατριαρχικόν Κοντάκιον”, εκδ. Το Παλίμψηστον, Θεσσαλονίκη 2004 10. Ε. Λαμπρυνιάδου, Μητρ. Προύσης, “Ο θεσμός της Συνάξεως Ιεραρχών του Οικουμενικού Θρόνου (1951 – 2004)”, εκδ. Ι. Θεολογικής Σχολής Χάλκης, Χάλκη 2015 11. Μ. Μπέγζου, “Η θεολογία του Οικουμενικού Πατριάρχη Βαρθολομαίου. Με ιδιαίτερη αναφορά στο βιβλίο του Συνάντηση με το Μυστήριο”, Ε.Ε.Θ.Σ.Π.Α. 47(2012), σσ. 181 – 193 12. B. Σταυρίδου, “Η θεολογία εις το Οικουμενικόν Πατριαρχείον (Σύγχρονος ιστορία, 1923 μέχρι σήμερον)”, Θεολογία 53(1982), σσ. 672 – 696
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