Universitatea „1 Decembrie 1918“ din Alba-Iulia, Facultatea de Istorie şi Filologie „December the 1st, 1918“ University of Alba-Iulia, Faculty of History and Philology
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5-6 / 2009
Church, Power and Culture: Bishop Teofil’s and
Bishop Atanasie’s Biographies
Bishop Teofil’s and Atanasie Anghel’s curricular evolutions maintain their status of examples for the history of the Romanian Church in Transylvania between the 17th and 18th centuries, on the way of the dialogue between the Eastern church tradition and civilization on the one hand, and the experience of Western European Catholicism, on the other hand, if we ascribe the entire situation only to the religious Union of a part of the Transylvanian Romanians with the Church of Rome1. This kind of climate aimed at the preservation of the ancient tradition, the coming back to the Church of Rome, including the Transylvanian Romanian Church recognition as one of the received religions of the political system in the principality of Transylvania. This kind of elements represent a benefit with a view to supporting the judicious and rational ascertainment upon the major religious, cultural and political significances of the Union in the process of the Transylvanian Romanians national formation.
Keywords: Bishop Teofil, Bishop Atanasie Anghel, Romanian Church in Transylvania, the return to the church of Rome, Transylvanian Romanians national formation