I've been reading The Orthodox Church by Bishop Kallistos Ware, and am at the part about the "Greeks and Arabs" (in the 20th century).
Something I've been wondering about. With Turkey (supposedly) becoming more secular, and relations between Greece and Turkey improving. Would it be proper eventually to work towards more freedoms of Orthodox and the Patriarch within Istanbul, and work towards the return of churches to the Orthodox within the old walls of Constantinople?
I was discussing history with my dad earlier, and we discussed Jerusalem, how it was under the Palestinians, then what it became after the war.
Something I thought of... I know that Jerusalem used to be divided into a Christian quarter, a Jewish quarter and a Muslim quarter.
Why not allow the area of Constantinople to be divided like this? Make most of the area within the walls the Christian quarter, allowing Christians to move back there, and freely practice their faith. Return churches back to the Orthodox, except the Hagia Sophia (which could remain a museum and could be used for special celebrations, like Pascha). Muslims can also practice in the area, but the area can be predominantly Christian. However the E.P. will have no governmental say in the district.
This isn't so much to drive the Greeks and Turks apart. But rather it can be used to encourage more friendly relations. The area would still be a part of Turkey, but it could be the Christian quarter. (even if the rest of the city is mostly Muslim)
Just tell me what you think of this idea, is it stupid or feasible. I don't think it's possible, but I thought it'd create an interesting discussion.