Holy Rus': The Rebirth of Orthodoxy in the New Russia

Holy Rus': The Rebirth of Orthodoxy in the New Russia

by John P. Burgess


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A fascinating, vivid, and on-the-ground account of Russian Orthodoxy’s resurgence

A bold experiment is taking place in Russia. After a century of being scarred by militant, atheistic communism, the Orthodox Church has become Russia’s largest and most significant nongovernmental organization. As it has returned to life, it has pursued a vision of reclaiming Holy Rus’: that historical yet mythical homeland of the eastern Slavic peoples; a foretaste of the perfect justice, peace, harmony, and beauty for which religious believers long; and the glimpse of heaven on earth that persuaded Prince Vladimir to accept Orthodox baptism in Crimea in A.D. 988.

Through groundbreaking initiatives in religious education, social ministry, historical commemoration, and parish life, the Orthodox Church is seeking to shape a new, post-communist national identity for Russia. In this eye-opening and evocative book, John Burgess examines Russian Orthodoxy’s resurgence from a grassroots level, providing Western readers with an enlightening, inside look at the new Russia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300222241
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 02/21/2017
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

John P. Burgess teaches at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. A Fulbright Scholar to Russia in 2011, he has travelled extensively within Russia, lived in Moscow and St. Petersburg, and made pilgrimage to some of Russian Orthodoxy’s most important monasteries, parishes, and holy sites.  He is the author of four other books on religious subjects and lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Note on Transliteration xii

Introduction 1

1 Envisioning Holy Rus' 8

2 The Rebirth of Orthodoxy 24

3 Religious Education 51

4 Social Ministry 91

5 The New Martyrs 122

6 Parish Life 164

7 The Future 194

Notes 225

Index 253

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