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Fordham University’s Orthodox Christian Studies Center to host 3-day conference, June 11-13

Fordham University’s Orthodox Christian Studies Center will be hosting a conference on “Christianity, Democracy, and the Shadow of Constantine” held at Fordham’s Rose Hill campus on June 11-13, 2013. The Orthodox Christian Studies Center is co-chaired by Archons Aristotle Papanikolaou and George E. Demacopoulos, PhD.

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Perhaps the two most enduring legacies of Hellenism are Platonic philosophy and democracy. Yet the two are seemingly antithetical–Plato denied that democracy could lead a population to truth and, consequently, rejected the notion that democracy was good for the state. This conference explores the modern relationship between Christianity–with its Platonic roots–and democracy, and the extent to which it was shaped by the Constantinian revolution.


Timothy Barnes, Edinburgh School of Divinity

Luke Bretherton, Duke University

Michael Budde, Depaul University

*Fr. Emmanuel Clapsis, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

Mary Doak, University of San Diego

Eric Gregory, Princeton University

Perry Hamalis, North Central College

Pascal Hämmerli, University of Fribourg

*Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University

*Fr. Bryan J. Hehir, Harvard University

Peter Kaufman, University of Richmond

Holger Klein, Columbia University

James Skedros, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

Kristina Stoeckl, University of Vienna

Nathaniel Wood, Fordham University

*keynote speakers

The conference is funded by grants received from the Patterson Triennial Conference Endowed Fund, the Archbishop Demetrios Chair in Orthodox Theology and Culture at Fordham University, the Kallinikeion Foundation, the Virginia H. Farah Foundation, and members of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center Advisory Council.

Conference Co-Sponsors: Interdisciplinary Program of Hellenic Studies at the Richard Stockton School of New Jersey and the Cantonis Chair of Byzantine Studies at Hellenic College and Holy Cross

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