Dienstag, 21. Mai 2019, 18:30 - 19:30 iCal

Eastern Orthodoxy meets Protestantism

in 19th century Greece

Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik der Universität Wien
Postgasse 7/1/3, 1010 Wien


This lecture aims to narrate and interpret some aspects of the Eastern Orthodox Christians’ encounter with the Protestant missionary groups in post-revolutionary Greek society. Firstly, it studies the religious and politico-economic factors which determined this global missionary venture in the Eastern Mediterranean region and particularly in the newly established Hellenic state. Secondly, it traces the educational, publishing, political and diplomatic methods these missionaries applied in order to intervene into the area. This quite unexpected encounter was embedded into a wider political, social and cultural context and was scheduled and accomplished at the exclusive initiative of the missions.

The lecture will further focus on the personalities of the missionaries, mostly of an elite background, and discuss orientalist traits in their approach of post-revolutionary Greece. Controversial reactions of the Orthodox communities as well as their local spirituality were also formative of the conversion strategies of the missions.

Lastly, an effort will be made to assess both this heterodox missionary intervention as well as its repercussions in the 20th century.



Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik der Universität Wien, Österreichische Gesellschaft für Neugriechische Studien, Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät


Petra Greger
Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik
Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
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