THE PRINCIPLES OF FRATERNITY IN EASTERN CHRISTIANITY AS A BACKGROUND FOR MODERN CARITATIVE SOCIAL COHESION

Skaidrīte Gūtmane

Abstract


History of professional Caritative Social work content reaches back to the beginning of Christian era. The content and basis of Caritative social work reveals the understanding of social dimension and general conceiving of human beings from the Christian perspective. Solidarity and cooperation, caritative attitude, the value of personality, fraternity made Christianity as principally a social religion. The mediating concepts such as subsidiarity, liberty, solidarity, fraternity and equality can be viewed of unity of human kind in Christ. Article deals with Christian heritage of Europe contributing to commonly shared worldview and reveals the role of Caritative social ministry as ethos of Eastern Orthodox Christianity against the Western subjective individualism. The spirit of egalitarianism is deeply embedded in the body and soul of Eastern Christianity. There is no place for race / social discrimination in Eastern Christianity despite of its highly hierarchical structure. Christians still should stay with their civil tasks and obligations through Caritative Social work since their vision of “the self” is social.

KEY WORDS: Caritative Social work, fraternity, social cohesion, Eastern Christianity.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15181/tbb.v78i1.1753


Full Text: PDF

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.