Religion and Public Life


Series: Religion and Society

Liberal theologians believe in the necessity of a revision of Christian doctrine, trusting that science excludes the belief in divine intervention. However, divine intervention is perfectly in agreement with the laws of nature and science. Accordingly, there is no reason to reject the Bible and traditional Christian doctrine. A new model of the coexistence of religious and secular discourses is revealed in this collection.

Most of the existing papers focus on the problem of the relationship between church and state in the modern era. In this collection, different experiences are presented along with their significance for specific countries, mostly the Georgian experience on the issues of church and state relations. The role of the religious leader in modern society is described, focusing on his spiritual mission in restoring, enhancing and developing traditional values ​​in society. In particular, the role of His Holiness and Beatitude, the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, Ilia II is examined for his multifaceted endeavors to strengthen Georgian society and develop traditional spiritual values after the perennial atheism.

This collection is intended for readers interested in the problems of the main right of humanity, freedom of belief, in the modern global era and in the age of secularism.
Today, there is a lack of spirituality around the world. Traditional spiritual values ​​are inhibited; in many European countries, the activity of church figures is stalled, and people are not allowed to choose ​​education based on traditional values. This causes great dissatisfaction in society, as it is believed that traditional spiritual values ​​are the main markers of national identity, and their development and preservation are essential.

Hence, this book will be of great interest for readers interested in the problems of spirituality in both Christian and non-Christian countries. It will be of interest for scholars, as well as for political figures who often encounter such problems in their activities.

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Table of Contents


Opening speeches:
1. Giorgi Margvelashvili – President of Georgia
2. Giorgi Kvirikashvili – Prime-Minister of Georgia
3. Irakli Kobakhidze – Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia
4. Patriarchal Locum Tenens, Metropolitan Shio (Mujiri)
5. Giorgi Kvesitadze – President of Georgian National Academy of Sciences
6. Elmar Kuhn – European Academy of Science and Arts, Dean -World Religions
7. Emmanuel E. Gdoutos – Academician, Academy of Athens School of Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace
8. Eynulla Madatli – Deputy Director for Scientific Affairs, Institute of Philosophy, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences

1. Roin Metreveli – The Centenary of Restoration of the Autocephaly of the Apostolic Orthodox Church of Georgia.
2. Metropolitan of Chiatura and Sachkhere Daniel (Datushvili) – True and Pseudo Secularism.
3. Archimandrite Adam (Akhaladze) – The Structural Multidimensionality of the World View: Philosophical, Scientific, Religious, Empirical, and Artistic Components.
4. Teimuraz Buadze – Science and the Medieval Christian Church of the West.
5. Daniel von Wachter – The Key Presupposition of Liberal Theology.
6. Anastasia Zakariadze – The Coexistence Model of Religious and Secular Discourses – Saint Anthim the Iberian.
7. Avtandil Asatiani – The Problem of the Compatibility of Theological and Civil Subjects in Greek and Alexandrian Christian Schools.
8. Irakli Brachuli – Understanding the Phenomenon of Hierophany.
9. Eldar Bubulashvili – The Canonical Foundations for the Restoration of the Georgian Church’s Autocephaly.
10. Tamar Meskhi – The Struggle for the Recognition and Acknowledgment of the Autocephaly of the Georgian Church – 20th Century.
11. Manana Gabashvili – The Historical Mission of Svetitskhoveli and Georgia.
12. Levan Tkeshelashvili – Georgian and Foreign Written Sources on the Autocephaly of the Georgian Church in the 5th-12th Centuries.
13. Otar Janelidze – The Restoration of the Autocephaly of the Georgian Church and Georgian Socio-Political Reality.
14. Metropolitan of Akhalkalaki and Kumurdo, Nicholas (Pachuashvili) – The Missionary Work of Catholicos-Patriarch of Georgia, the Archbishop of Mtskheta-Tbilisi and Metropolitan Bishop of Bichvinta and Tskhum-Abkhazia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II during the 40 Years of His Patriarchate.
15. Protopresbyter Giorgi (Zviadadze) – Theological Education in Georgia during the Incumbency of His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia.
16. Sergo Vardosanidze – His Holiness and Beatitude Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II and the Multi-Confessional World.
17. Alexander Daushvili – The “Good Shepherd“ and a Stubborn Parish.


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