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This unique book, composed of two lectures written by Professor Cavarnos, approaches subjects, events, and matters of importance to all Orthodox Christians. So central is the image of the Œcumenical Patriarchate, the “Great Church,” to the Orthodox that one brings to mind the importance of the Vatican to Latin Christianity, even if the Œcumenical Patriarch is not a Pope and the Phanar is not a political state like the Vatican. A tragic victim of the vicissitudes of history, this most ancient center of the Christian world—assailed even by one of the Papal Crusades, placing it under Latin domination for nearly sixty years—has been held captive for centuries by its Turkish masters: enslaved with Greece and the Balkans under Ottoman rule and imperiled today by its fragile status in the modern Turkish state. For an Orthodox scholar of Greek heritage to write with dispassion about the Great Church and Greek-Turkish relations is, therefore, a gargantuan task. Yet, as a paradigmatic gentleman, Dr. Cavarnos presents us with an absolutely impartial appraisal of the Œcumenical Patriarchate and of Greek-Turkish relations over the centuries.
About the AuthorProfessor Constantine Cavarnos, a distinguished contemporary philosopher, Byzantinist, and Orthodox thinker, received his doctorate in philosophy at Harvard University. He holds the Licentiate in Orthodox Theological Studies honoris causa from the C.T.O.S.
About the EditorHieromonk Patapios, Academic Director of the C.T.O.S., holds the honors B.A. from Cambridge University, the Licentiate in Orthodox Theological Studies from the C.T.O.S., graduate degrees from the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Pittsburgh, and the Doctor of Theology degree in Patristics from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.
About the PrefacerThe Most Reverend Dr. Chrysostomos is a Senior Scholar at the C.T.O.S. He completed his studies in history (with a concentration in Byzantine historical theology) at the University of California, the Licentiate in Theology at the C.T.O.S., and his graduate study in psychology at Princeton University. He has held professorial posts at the University of California, Ashland Theological Seminary, and Ashland University and visiting professorships at the Theological Institute of Uppsala University (Sweden) and, as a Fulbright Scholar in Romania, at the University of Bucharest, the Alexandru I. Cuza University of Iaşi, and the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism. His Eminence is also former Executive Director of the United States Fulbright Commission in Romania.