The Philanthropy of the Orthodox Church: A Rumanian Case Study
Christian Bioethics 2007 September-December;(13)3: 303-307
On the basis of a definition of God as "love", human philanthropy is derived from Divine philanthropy, and therefore extends to all human beings. Because Divine philanthropy is most centrally expressed in Christ's incarnation and resurrection, Christ's identification with all who suffer presents the strongest motivation for human philanthropy. After a short review of the Romanian Orthodox Church's development after 1989, the author turns to his special case study, the Social-Medical Day-Care Christian Centre for older citizens. He describes the wan in which Church-based philanthropy can integrate social-medical with Christian pastoral care, and how this work draws the local communities into assuming a shared responsibility. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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Vantsos, Miltiadis; Kiroudi, Marina (2007-09)According to Orthodox theology, philanthropy refers to the love of God toward man, which man is called to imitate by loving his neighbor as himself. This love consists not just in emotions but requires specific acts of ...