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This front matter section of the book Orthodox Paradoxes: Heterogeneities and Complexities in Contemporary Russian Orthodoxy contains the table of contents, a list of abbreviations, and a list of illustrations and contributors. The book reveals how Orthodox tradition is sheltered against the discovery of the possibility for postmodern reality, and looks at contemporary heterogeneities and transformations of Orthodox tradition in some authoritative manifestations: the upsurge of fundamentalist and sectarian movements, and tensions in the contemporary reception of spiritual elders and in the canonization process of saints. It deals with the social role of Russian Orthodoxy with an excursion to the balancing of credenda and agenda. The book explicitly addresses theological issues of Orthodoxy and discusses the question of hierarchy and the current role of women in Church hierarchy and some specific issues from the field of ecumenics.

Keywords: canonization process; Church hierarchy; contemporary heterogeneities; ecumenics; Orthodox Tradition; postmodern reality; Russian Orthodoxy; theological issues



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