Russian History (16)
Russia has long exercised a special fascination for people in the West, which has been increased recently by the publicity given to the dissent of its leading intellectuals. Western Christians, tortured by self-doubt and an agonizing revaluation of all their values, are now hearing new and strange voices from Russian that bear testimony to the strength of the Christian faith there. More than ever before it is necessary to explore the hidden strengths of the religion of the Russian people.
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In 1988, Russian Christians are publicly celebrating the Baptism of Rus a thousand years ago. Many visitors to Russia report that the churches are overcrowded. Some Western experts estimate that there are at least some thirty million regular Christian worshippers in the USSR. Soviet officials and Russian churchmen frequently affirm that “religion is free.”
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Since the first centuries of the Christian era, Eastern Christianity has expanded through the various cultures of the Middle East and Eastern Europe, using a variety of languages in its worship and thus allowing native peoples to accept Christianity as their own. Most significant in this expansion was the "Baptism of Rus" which occurred in 988AD, as St Vladimir, prince of Kiev, made Byzantine Orthodox Christianity the official religion of his realm. From Russia, through Alaska, Orthodox Christianity came to North America as well. The missionary dimension of this entire development inspired the dedication of an Orthodox graduate school of theology to St Vladimir in 1938.
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A common assumption made by many historians of pre-Bolshevik Russia is that the Russian Orthodox Church was a moribund relic of the cultural past, content to serve as a quaint but sometimes oppressive instrument of the tsarist state. A Vanquished Hope effective refutes this view. As the book demonstrates, ecclesiastical documents, bishops` reports and theological journals reveal a widespread movement to revitalize the church in its structures and life, a movement concerned above all with the church`s emancipation from state control.
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This is an interpretive history of modern Russian thought and culture. The period under consideration is the last six hundred years, during which Russia has emerged as a powerful, distinctive, creative civilization. Two artifacts of enduring meaning to Russians – the icon and the axe have been chosen for the title. The two objects were traditionally hung together on the wall of the peasant hut in the wooded Russian north. They serve to suggest both the visionary and the earthy aspects of Russian culture. The eternal split between the saintly and the demonic in all human culture, is however, not provided in the Russian case by any simple contrast between holy pictures and unholy weapons. For icons have been used by charlatans and demagogues, and axes by saints and artists. Thus, the initial focus on these primitive artifacts contains a hint of the ironic perspective with which we shall end our examination of Russian culture.
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