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The Churches and the War:
Religion, Religious Diplomacy, and Russia’s aggression against Ukraine

The volume includes the papers presented at the “Church Diplomacy and the Religious Dimension of the Russian-Ukrainian War” conference held in Lviv, Ukraine on June 29-30, 2023. The conference was part of the “Standing in Solidarity” (2022-2024) partnership between the University of Notre Dame and the Ukrainian Catholic University. The goal of this publication is to put the ongoing military conflict into the context of the religious past and present in both Ukraine and Russia, thus contributing to a theologically informed understanding of the current situation and its global effect. The papers presented in this volume also explore religious diplomacy and the ways it can play a positive role for the sake of ending the war with a just peace, as well as healing the conflict that threatens to destroy the international order

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The Churches and the War: Religion, Religious Diplomacy, and Russia’s ­Aggression against Ukraine / ed. by Yury P. Avvakumov and Oleh Turiy. Lviv: Ukrainian Catholic University Press 2024. – 328 p. 

ISBN 978-617-7608-70-6 (paper)

ISBN 978-617-7608-71-3 (electronic)

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Yury P. Avvakumov

Editors' Preface

Oleh Turiy

Clemens Sedmak

Word of Welcome

José Casanova

Religious Dimensions Of The War On Ukraine And The Shortcomings Of Church Diplomacy: An Inroduction

Michał Wawrzonek

The Concept Of The Russkiy Mir: The Ideological Foundation Of Ruscism

Anatolii Babynskyi

Resentment, Ideology And Myth: How “Holy Rus” Haunts The Russian Soul

Vyacheslav Karpov

The Theotokos As Commander In Chief: How Russian Orthodoxy Informs Imperialist Wars And Is Twisted by Them

Elena Volkova

Theological Foundation For The Russian Invasion Of Ukraine: The Roc, Russkiy Mir, Ruscism

Mykhailo Cherenkov

Counterfeit Forms Of Russian Orthodoxy As A Challenge To Religious Freedom

Stefan Kube

"To Put Politics Aside"? Reflections On Theological And Non-Theological Factors Within Ecumenical Dialogue

Andrij M. Hlabse, S.J

Challenges For Diplomacy “Super Partes” In Russia’s War Against Ukraine

Jan Tombiński

Is There A Role For The Churches In Conflict Resolution? Historical And Strategic Considerations

Tamara Grdzelidze

The World Council Of Churches And The Orthodox Divide: Diplomacy In The Russo-Ukrainian War

Oleksandra Kovalenko

Ukrainian Ecumenism In Action Internationally And Domestically: Challenges And Perspectives

Heinz-Gerhard Justenhoven

Russia’s War Against Ukraine: A Peace-Ethical Analysis

Markus Vogt

Conflict-Capable Peace Ethics: Christian Perspectives In View Of The War In Ukraine

Andreas Trampota

Just War vs. Just Peace? Ethics Of War And Peace Between The Realism Of Christian Eschatology And Unrealistic Utopia

Thomas Mark Németh

The War Against Ukraine And The Churches: A Challenge To Theology

Cezary Kościelniak

Unjust Interpretations Of A Just War: The Catholic Church’s Approach To The Russian-Ukrainian Conflict

Volodymyr Turchynovskyy

The Future As A Moral Vision: Imagining Security In Times Of War

Oleksiy Panych

What Makes Our Peacemaking Into A "Potemkin Village"

Myroslav Marynovych

Between Religious Freedom And Considerations Of National Security: The Issue Of The Moscow Patriarchate In Ukraine

Viktor Yelenskyi

At The Crossroads Of Faith And War: Navigating Religious Freedom In Ukraine

Metropolitan Borys Gudziak

Living The Gift, Killing And Dying By The Grab
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