Onsdag 20 februari 2019

Plats: Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm.
Tid: kl 15.00, sal 218

Öppen föreläsning:

From a feudal orthodox Church
to a 
participating orthodox Church

TD, PhD Michael Hjälm. 

Up to the middle of the last century the context of Eastern Christianity was that of a feudal society built as a scale free society with clearly identifiable hubs of communication. This meant that a few people controlled the flow of information, which was an efficient way of keeping the structure of society in order. The Eastern Church followed the same structure with Patriarchs and Ecclesiastical institutions as central hubs of communication. In the latter part of the twentieth century, the scale free network was gradually transformed into an exponential network, i.e. hubs of communication were overthrown by direct access to communication by internet and social media. This has transformed Eastern Christianity and exposed the lack of transparency with regard to leadership and feudal structures. However, the lack of transparency has been the central ingredient in the previous ecclesiastical structure, a way traditions have been preserved. This has created a bifurcation in Eastern Christianity in the end of the last and beginning of the present centuries. On one hand we have those who try to reconstruct the previous feudal structure, going back to the structures of the Middle Ages, and on the other hand we have those who are trying to find a new way of preserving traditions. I will make a critical analysis of these latter attempts and try to explain a possible way forward.