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Christianity and National Security: Post-communist, Historical and Biblical Cont

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Preliminary Note

This edition represents only the English language section of the original publication written in Bulgarian. This is only a summary of the book in English, available also in the full printed version. The current eBook edition contains the title page, the table of contents, the editor’s foreword, a summary of each chapter in the collection, and short authors’ bio-graphical information.

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CHRISTIANITY AND NATIONAL SECURITY

POST-COMMUNIST, HISTORICAL AND BIBLICAL CONTEXT

BOOK SUMMARY IN ENGLISH

CHRISTIANITY AND NATIONAL SECURITY

POST-COMMUNIST, HISTORICAL AND BIBLICAL CONTEXT

DR VIKTOR KOSTOV

EDITOR

Editorial Council

DR VALENTIN KOZHUHAROV

International Association for Mission Studies

PROF DR DILIAN NIKOLCHEV

Faculty of Theology, Sofia University “St Kliment Okhridski”

PROF DR KOSTADIN NUSHEV

Faculty of Theology, Sofia University “St Kliment Okhridski”

DR HABIL MOMCHIL METODIEV

Journal “Christianity and Culture”

Series

Church, State, and Inter-Christian Dialogue

Transfiguration Foundation

PUBLISHING PROGRAM “FREEDOM FOR ALL

Sofia, 2017

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword – 7

Chapter One
Christianity and National Security: Between Terror and Forgiveness – 11
(Viktor Kostov)

Chapter Two
Christianity and National Security: Eastern European Perspectives of Today – 55
(Valentin Kozhuharov)

Chapter Three
Authority – Political, Religious, and Ecclesiastical (In the Context of Self, Society, State and Church) – 81
(Dilian Nikolchev)

Chapter Four
Christianity and Issues of National Security – 89
(Kostadin Nushev)

Chapter Five
Values Versus Politics. Fragmentation and Radicalization as the Main Threats for the Integrity of Christian communities – 105
(Momchil Metodiev)

Chapter Six
The Nation (Along with the National State) and Democracy – A Products of Christianized Europe – 125
(Velislav Altunov)

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Christianity and National Security: Post-communist, Historical and Biblical Cont

Note: This e-book edition is only an English language summary of the original collection written in Bulgarian. With this collection, written by Bulgarian theologians, for the Bulgarian context, we continue the series entitled "Relations between Church and State and Inter-Christian Dialogue." This third collection, convention-ally named Vurshets-3 (according to the location where the conference was held), treats the theme of the relationship between national security and Christianity. The attitude of secular authority toward the spiritual message of the Christian faith has been marked by distrust by the former because of the influence and transcendent nature of the latter. Placing this strained relationship into the concrete historical context of the Bulgarian democratic post-communist society, viewed through biblical categories, gives us at least a long-awaited Christian understanding of how important the category of "national security" is to the church-state relationship. Any discussion of national security is generally considered taboo due to the special status of “security” in both totalitarian and post-totalitarian societies, and even in democratic ones. Particularly problematic is delving into this topic when the presented point of view is the one that belongs to the “objects” of the security services’ interest – religion; which, during the years of the totalitarian regime, was particularly purposefully persecuted, and as we will see from the articles in the collection, afterwards as well.

  • Author: Freedom for All Transfiguration Foundation
  • Published: 2017-10-03 14:40:41
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