The Russian Orthodox Church: Triumphalism and Defensiveness

The Russian Orthodox Church: Triumphalism and Defensiveness

by Jane Ellis
     
 

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The Russian Orthodox Church has survived more than seventy years of the most brutal and sustained attempts to eradicate religion that has ever been. Weakened but spiritually alive, it is confronted by the demands of a ravaged, exhausted society. Can it, however, find the resources and energy to respond to these demands? Jane Ellis describes the developments and

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The Russian Orthodox Church has survived more than seventy years of the most brutal and sustained attempts to eradicate religion that has ever been. Weakened but spiritually alive, it is confronted by the demands of a ravaged, exhausted society. Can it, however, find the resources and energy to respond to these demands? Jane Ellis describes the developments and problems in the Russian Orthodox Church under glasnost and especially since the new freedoms were granted following the millennium celebrations of 1988. New opportunities mean new challenges and demand huge new resources. Old problems in the form of close State and KGB contacts remain, and new problems in the form of competition from other denominations and sects arise. Traditionally the Orthodox Church has enjoyed a 'symphony' with the State. However are unhealthy links with the KGB and the communist past still damaging the Church. Is it in danger of becoming a state church?

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The author of "The Russian Orthodox Church: A Contemporary History" (1986) updates her coverage by examining the church during Glasnost and especially after new freedoms were granted in 1988. She notes new opportunities, but also new challenges such as competition from other denominations and an embarrassing legacy of close links with the communists and the KGB. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312162276
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
11/11/1996
Series:
St Antony's Series
Edition description:
1996
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.04(d)

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