History of the Romanian Orthodox Church (III)

Course Code: TP207 • Study year: II • Academic Year: 2022-2023
Domain: Theology • Field of study: Pastoral Orthodox Theology
Type of course: Compulsory
Language of instruction: Romanian
Erasmus Language of instruction: English
Name of lecturer: Viorel Alin Albu
Seminar tutor: Razvan Brudiu
Form of education Full-time
Form of instruction: Lecture
Number of teaching hours per semester: 42
Number of teaching hours per week: 3
Semester: Autumn
Form of receiving a credit for a course: Grade
Number of ECTS credits allocated 4

Course aims:

- to define, describe, and explain the key concepts, theories, methods specific to the historical discourse and to develop in students some specific skills about the quantitative and qualitative historical research;
- to identify and use the specific bibliographic and archival resources;
- to develop skills of analysis and interpretation of historical data;
- to identify the most important events and personalities which have marked the historical evolution of the Romanian Orthodox Church and the Romanian culture, and to notice the dynamics of events;
- to apply the principle of right interpretation of the historical phenomenon by the just reporting to its influence on the present.

Course Entry Requirements:


Course contents:

1. The split of the Orthodox Church of Transylvania in 1698-1701 (the foundation of the Romanian Greek-Catholic Church); 2. The Metropolitanate of Alba Iulia (a symbol of the Transylvanian Orthodoxy and Romanian nationality) and the Habsburg Catholicism at the beginning of the 18th century (1701-1714); 3. The Romanian Greek-Catholic Church until 1728; 4. The Romanian Greek-Catholic Church after 1728 – the bishop Inochentie Micu; 5. The struggle of the clergy and the believers from Transylvania for the defense of Orthodoxy during the 18th century; 6. The Romanian Orthodoxy in Alba Iulia in the second half of the 18th century or the effort of survival aganist the unfair competition of the Greek-Catholic Church; 7. The Orthodox Church and the Greek-Catholic Church in Transylvania in the second half of the 18th century; 8. The Transylvanian national movement - Supplex Libellus Valachorum; 9. National and confessional identities in Transylvania during the 18th century; 10. Relationships of the Transylvanian Orthodoxy with the extra-Carpathian Orthodoxy during the 18th century; 11. Theological literature in Transylvania in the 18th century. The Transylvanian School (Școala Ardeleană) movement.

Teaching methods:

Lecture, exemplification, conversation, debate.

Learning outcomes:

- critical, selective and systematic attitude towards historical information; - ability of applying the principles for understanding a historical document in an appropriate manner, respectively, to take into account all elements involved (linguistic, socio-cultural, political, religious, etc.), and interpret both in a synchronous and diachronic mode; - critical reading skills on bibliographic sources and ability to initiate own research; - interpretation and critical evaluation of the history of the Romanian Church in different contexts.

Learning outcomes verification and assessment criteria:

Written paper-interpretative essay – 20%. Frontal evaluation/ Oral exam: 80%

Recommended reading:

***, Orthodoxy and Greek-Catholicity in Transylvania – guide marks of the evolution of the Romanian Church in a three century history, in Present relationship between the orthodox and the greek-catholics in Romania, synthesis drafted by Metropolitan See, Renasterea , Cluj Napoca , 2006 , 4-12
Silviu Dragomir, Istoria dezrobirii religioase a românilor din Ardeal în secolul XVIII, vol. I, Ediţie îngrijită, studiu introductiv şi note de arhimandrit Emanuil Rus, Dacia , Cluj Napoca , 2002 , x
Remus Câmpeanu, Între patimă şi luciditate. Opinii istoriografice critice privind unirea religioasă a românilor ardeleni, în „300 de ani de la Unirea Bisericii Româneşti din Transilvania cu Biserica Romei: actele colocviului Internaţional din 23-25 noiembrie 2000”, Presa Universitară Clujană , Cluj Napoca , 2000 , x
Zenovie Pâclişanu, Istoria Bisericii Române Unite, partea I, 1697-1751, publicată de Octavian Bârlea sub formă de volum, „Perspective”, XVII (1994-1995), nr. 65-68 , Munchen , 1994-1995 , x
Mihai Săsăujan, Politica bisericească a Curţii din Viena în Transilvania (1740-1761), Presa Universitară Clujeană , Cluj-Napoca , 2002 , x