Turkey, Greece and Malta Volume 1

Turkey, Greece and Malta Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1837 edition. Excerpt: ...such results, for the religion remains the same, and the Russians and the Hellenists are equally co-religionaries whoever be at the head of the church; continuing, moreover, under any change, in precisely the same relationship to each other in virtue of the patriarch of Constantinople not being patriarch of Russia, the latter being as independent of the former in the eyes of Russians and Greeks as ever the bishop of Athens can be. A belief that the patriarch of Constantinople exercised a spiritual sway tantamount to that of the Pope originated the idea; whereas, I may observe, if any person in the Greek religion be invested with a power so irresponsible and so incalculable, that person is the Czar. Interfering with the spiritual allegiance of the Hellenists could not readily weaken the religious sympathy existing for Russia all over Greece, but it was quite certain to open a channel of disunion between them and the rayas; a result carefully to be avoided by England and France. A partial separation of their temporal interests was unavoidable; but this proceeding deserves to be qualified as mischievous and gratuitous; certain, to say the least of it, to indispose the Greek patriarch and hierar chy towards the Hellenic government, for depriving them of power and patronage, --for evincing distrust prematurely; certain to lead to a comparison between the assumption of the little kingdom, and the Czar's condescension on all occasions, shown by protection, by honours, by presents, and by building churches about Constantinople. But, notwithstanding the separation, the patriarch's influence will continue the same in Greece; and surely he will be more likely now to exert it in favour of Russia, than before Otho's government offended him. Should we...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236741331
  • 9781236741332