Revisiting Religious Pluralism in Ukraine


Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:15pm



José Casanova, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Theology and Religious Studies, and Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University

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Poroshenko and patriarch at Ukrainian Orthodox Church ceremony


The canonical legitimation of the newly constituted Orthodox Church of Ukraine has solidified the pattern of religious pluralism in Ukraine for the foreseeable future. There are now three competing "national" churches, equally headed by a Metropolitan Archbishop of Kyiv and All-Ukraine, with divergent transnational allegiances to the Pope (First Rome), to the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople (Second Rome), and to the Moscow Patriarchate (Third Rome). The lecture will draw on some of the consequences for church-state, nation, and civil society relations and for a pattern of religious pluralism that includes non-Eastern Christian and non-Christian denominations.

About the Speaker

Jose CasanovaJosé Casanova is a Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, and Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Theology and Religious Studies at Georgetown University. His book, Public Religions in the Modern World (Chicago, 1994), has become a modern classic and has been translated into many European and non-European languages. Among his recent publications are Global Religious and Secular Dynamics (Brill, 2019) and two collections of essays in Ukrainian, Po toy bik sekuliaryzatziyi (Dukh I Litera, 2017) and Relihiya v suchasnomu sviti (UCU Press, 2019). Casanova is also co-editor of The Jesuits and Globalization (Georgetown UP, 2016) and Islam, Gender and Democracy in Comparative Perspective (0xford, 2017).

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