The Church in 21st century. Universal and standard approaches

Course Information
TitleΗ Εκκλησία στον 21ο αιώνα. Οικουμενικές και Κανονικές προσεγγίσεις / The Church in 21st century. Universal and standard approaches
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorStylianos Tsompanidis
Course ID600012788

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
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)
  • German (Instruction, Examination)
  • Italian (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
- to know the historical, social, and cultural significance of the Christian traditions, - to understand critically the interaction between the Orthodox Tradition, other Christian denominations and society both historically and in the contemporary world -to understand and evaluate new and developing forms of Christian belief and practice with ecumenical spirit and reconciliation - to know the ways in which main Christian denominations are structured and regulated,
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course examines the way in which the Church institutions of the main Christian confessions can contribute to the ecumenical approach. Relevant texts of the WCC are analyzed comparatively on issues as the synodical system, the role of the bishop, the position of the clergy and the laity, the attitude towards the political power. Moreover. The course deals with the attitude of the Orthodox towards their partners in dialogue and ecumenical contacts. In this context will be studied in working groups the official statements of the Orthodox Churches during the ecumenical movement of the last century in order to determine the position of other Christian Churches in the ecclesiological consciousness of the Orthodox Church the attitude of the Orthodox towards their partners.
Church, Ecumenical dialogue, Canon Law, Ecclesiastical Law
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • 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 Assigment130.5
Student Assessment
Students’ participation in classroom (discussion, asking questions, formulating comments, giving information) is usually used as an important indicator of the interest of the student and isauxiliary to the results of exams. Examinations are written, oral or in a project form.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Report (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1) Παπαστάθης Χ., Παπαθωμάς Γ., Πολιτεία, Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία και Θρησκεύματα στην Ελλάδα, εκδ. Επέκταση, Θεσσαλονίκη 2006. Κωδικός Εύδοξου: 34787. 2) Στυλιανός Τσομπανίδης, Εκκλησία Εκκλησίες, Αρμός, 2013. Κωδικός Εύδοξου: 41963318
Additional bibliography for study
Marc Reuver, Faith and law : juridical perspectives for the ecumenical movement, Genève : WCC Publications, 2000. Norman Doe, Christian Law, Contemporary Principles, Cambridge, 2013
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