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Russian Society and the Orthodox Church: Religion in Russia after Communism

Russian Society and the Orthodox Church: Religion in Russia after Communism (BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies) by Zoe KnoxEnglish | Nov. 4, 2004 | ISBN: 0415320534 | 270 Pages | PDF | 1 MBRussian Society and the Orthodox Church examines the Russian Orthodox Church’s social and political role and its relationship to civil society in post-Communist Russia. It shows how Orthodox prelates, clergy and laity have shaped Russians’ attitudes towards religious and ideological pluralism, which in turn have influenced the ways in which Russians understand civil society, including those of its features – pluralism and freedom of conscience – that are essential for a functioning democracy. It shows how the official church, including the Moscow Patriarchate, has impeded the development of civil society, while on the other hand the non-official church, including nonconformist clergy and lay activists, has promoted concepts central to civil society.Zoe Knox completed this book whilst a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Centre for European Studies at Monash University, Melbourne. She is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Center for the Study of Cultures at Rice University, USA. Her research interests include Russian Orthodoxy and democracy; the Orthodox Church and Russian national identity; religion and post-Soviet nationalism; and religion and national identity in postcommunist states.

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