Facing the World, Orthodox Christian Essays on Global Concerns – Archbishop of Tirana and all Albania Anastasios
The process of globalization evokes either euphoria or alarm. Some view it as an unmistakable sign of progress, while others see it as a threat. Nevertheless, the accelerated development of economic, scientific, political and social links among all the peoples of the world has turned our planet into a megalopolis replete with slums. In this work, Archbishop Anastasios presents his conviction that the ecumenical vision of the Orthodox Church is the „best response” to the growing global condition. In the Orthodox tradition, everything is understood within a universal context, from the creation of the world to the vision of the new heaven and new earth. Human enterprise as a whole and the salvation of the entire world are seen as the basic themes of Holy Scripture. In this work, Archbishop Anastasios discusses Orthodox perspectives on human rights, the dialogue with Islam, and the relationship between culture and the gospel, and provides an analysis of world religions. His words invite us to broaden our field of vision to encompass the whole earth.