A Long Walk To Church / Edition 2

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Overview


Making use of the formerly secret archives of the Soviet government, interviews, and first-hand personal experiences, Nathaniel Davis describes how the Russian Orthodox Church hung on the brink of institutional extinction twice in the past sixty-five years. In 1939, only a few score widely scattered priests were still functioning openly. Ironically, Hitler's invasion and Stalin's reaction to it rescued the church -- and parishes reopened, new clergy and bishops were consecrated, a patriarch was elected, and seminaries and convents were reinstituted. However, after Stalin's death, Khrushchev resumed the onslaught against religion. Davis reveals that the erosion of church strength between 1948 and 1988 was greater than previously known and it was none too soon when the Soviet government changed policy in anticipation of the millennium of Russia's conversion to Christianity. More recently, the collapse of communism has created a mixture of dizzying opportunity and daunting trouble for Russian Orthodoxy. The newly revised and updated edition addresses the tumultuous events of recent years, including schisms in Ukraine, Estonia, and Moldova, and confrontations between church traditionalists, conservatives and reformers. The author also covers battles against Greek-Catholics, Roman Catholics, Protestant evangelists, and pagans in the south and east, the canonization of the last Czar, the church's financial crisis, and hard data on the slowing Russian orthodox recovery and growth. Institutional rebuilding and moral leadership now beckon between promise and possibility.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813340678
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Nathaniel Davis is the Alexander and Adelaide Hixon Professor of Humanities Emeritus at Harvey Mudd College. He served in the U.S. Foreign Service for thirty-six years, in Moscow, as assistant secretary of state, as ambassador in three posts, and as Lyndon B. Johnson's senior advisor on Soviet and Eastern European affairs.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Prologue
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction: Communism and Religion
1 From the Bolshevik Revolution to World War II 1
2 The Turnaround 15
3 Stalin's Last Years and the Early Khrushchev Period 25
4 Khrushchev's Attack 33
5 The Period of Stagnation 47
6 The Millennium 61
7 Squalls and Tempests 73
8 Accusations, Schisms, Disputes, and Complications 99
9 Russian Orthodox Clergy 129
10 Illegal and Underground Orthodox Religion 145
11 Monks, Nuns, and Convents 161
12 Theological Education 177
13 Publications and Finances 197
14 The Laity 217
15 Conclusion 237
Notes 251
Selected Bibliography 351
About the Book and Author 358
Index 359
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