Mellem neo-patristisk og eusebisk ekklesiologi

  • Emil Bjørn Hilton Saggau
Nøgleord: Orthodox ecclesiology, The Serbian Church, the Montenegrin Church, autocephaly, canon law, patristic tradition, neopatristic theology


The new European state Montenegro has been a scene for an internal ecclesial strife between the Serbian Orthodox Church and the newly formed Montenegrin Orthodox Church since the early nineties. This article focuses on the ecclesiological models used in the discussion between the two churches. On one side the Montenegrin Church understands itself from the classical juridical “eusebian” church model. This model’s main focus is the lawful canonic status of independent churches called autocephaly, which the Montenegrin Church claims to possess. On the other side the Serbian Orthodox Church operates with a Neo-patristic ecclesiological model that claims the Eucharist as the true form for an Orthodox Church. A form that the Serbian Church denies that its Montenegrin counterpart has. The two models are focused on two different key-aspects of the Orthodox ecclesiological complex, which are the canon laws and the genuine patristic tradition
Saggau, E. B. (2014). Mellem neo-patristisk og eusebisk ekklesiologi. Dansk Teologisk Tidsskrift, 77(3), 235-251.