The Russian Orthodox Church

Triumphalism and Defensiveness

  • Authors
  • Jane Ellis

Part of the St Antony’s Series book series (STANTS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Jane Ellis
    Pages 1-10
  3. Jane Ellis
    Pages 11-26
  4. Jane Ellis
    Pages 43-54
  5. Jane Ellis
    Pages 55-86
  6. Jane Ellis
    Pages 87-121
  7. Jane Ellis
    Pages 122-156
  8. Jane Ellis
    Pages 157-190
  9. Jane Ellis
    Pages 191-203
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 204-240

About this book


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?


communism development energy freedom government health liberty politics religion state Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)

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