History of the Romanian Orthodox Church (III)

Course Code: TP207 • Study year: II • Academic Year: 2024-2025
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.