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Defending the FaithGlobal Histories of Apologetics and Politics in the Twentieth Century$
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Todd Weir and Hugh McLeod

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266915

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266915.001.0001

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‘A World to Be Transfigured’: Shaping a Cold War Vision of Orthodoxy from the South

‘A World to Be Transfigured’: Shaping a Cold War Vision of Orthodoxy from the South

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Defending the Faith

Vlad Naumescu

British Academy

This chapter explores a transformative moment in the religious Cold War that led to a new vision of Orthodox Christianity articulated in an educational project for the youth. Pointing to the interconnected histories of cold war politics and postcolonial nation-building it shows how a religious minority in South India managed to transcend the boundaries of the nation-state and establish an international Orthodox alliance that could help them handle tensions within the church, respond to secular challenges and become leaders in global ecumenism. Channelling these apologetic struggles into the educational field, the Indian Orthodox Church pioneered a Christian curriculum for the Oriental churches which provided an alternative for their own communities, transcending ideological differences and cold war divisions and reaffirming the role of religion in the secular world.

Keywords:   Oriental Orthodoxy, Cold War, youth education, postcolonialism, South India, Paulos Mar Gregorios

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