The Church and Social Reform: The Policies of the Patriarch Athanasios of Constantinople

The Church and Social Reform: The Policies of the Patriarch Athanasios of Constantinople

The Church and Social Reform: The Policies of the Patriarch Athanasios of Constantinople

The Church and Social Reform: The Policies of the Patriarch Athanasios of Constantinople

Synopsis

In 1261, the Byzantine Orthodox Church, although perhaps the strongest institution in the empire after the reconquesta, was also in a state of turmoil, racked by the persisting schism of the Arsenites and by moral and disciplinary decay - the after-effects of the ated Union of Lyons (1274). In spite of what has been characterized as the "disastrous reign" of Andronikos, the Orthodox Church managed to produce the most aggressively reform-minded patriarch of its history - Athanasios who ruled from 1293 to 1309. The Church and Social Reform studies the nature and extent of his social reforms and political involvement during his two tenures on the patriarchal throne of Constantinople. The traditional influence, power, and authority that resided in the patriarchate of Constantinople made the involvement of an affressive patriarch in the social affairs of the empire virtually inevitable. Boojamra reveals the nature and extent of this social reform enacted by this controversial ruler;the challenge of his work is to avoid the ever-present danger of historical distortions in the attempt to systematize what is inchoate.
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