The Mission of the Church in an Age of Modern Science and Pluralism

Public Orthodoxy

by Very Rev. Dr. Nathanael Symeonides and Gayle E. Woloschak

The document, “Mission of the Church in the World,” was released in preparation for the upcoming Holy and Great Council to be held in June (during the Feast of Pentecost) on Crete. This document relates to areas of great significance for problems in the world today—technology, war, discrimination and human dignity, globalization, the influence of the media, and others.  Each of these topics is far-reaching with little readily available literature directly related to these issues in the Church Tradition and in Patristic texts; as such, this document could provide much needed guidance. In its present form, however, it does not adequately do so.

The document appears to be a statement of the Church’s awareness of difficult issues of the modern world; however, it does very little to address these problems, suggesting that the Church is not called to actually respond…

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