Christianity and National Security: Post-communist, Historical and Biblical Context (Abridged Version in English)
The attitude of secular authorities toward the spiritual message of the Christian faith has been marked by distrust due to the atheist nature of the state. Placing this strained relationship into the concrete historical context of the Bulgarian democratic post-communist society, viewed through biblical categories, gives us a long-awaited Christian understanding of this aspect of church and state. More
Note: This e-book edition is only an English language summary of the original collection written in Bulgarian.
With this collection, written by Bulgarian theologians, for the Bulgarian context, we continue the series entitled "Relations between Church and State and Inter-Christian Dialogue." This third collection, convention-ally named Vurshets-3 (according to the location where the conference was held), treats the theme of the relationship between national security and Christianity. The attitude of secular authority toward the spiritual message of the Christian faith has been marked by distrust by the former because of the influence and transcendent nature of the latter. Placing this strained relationship into the concrete historical context of the Bulgarian democratic post-communist society, viewed through biblical categories, gives us at least a long-awaited Christian understanding of how important the category of "national security" is to the church-state relationship. Any discussion of national security is generally considered taboo due to the special status of “security” in both totalitarian and post-totalitarian societies, and even in democratic ones. Particularly problematic is delving into this topic when the presented point of view is the one that belongs to the “objects” of the security services’ interest – religion; which, during the years of the totalitarian regime, was particularly purposefully persecuted, and as we will see from the articles in the collection, afterwards as well.
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