By John Garrard,Carol Garrard
Russian Orthodoxy Resurgent is the 1st e-book to completely discover the expansive and ill-understood function that Russia's historical Christian religion has performed within the fall of Soviet Communism and within the upward push of Russian nationalism at the present time. John and Carol Garrard inform the tale of the way the Orthodox Church's ethical weight helped defeat the 1991 coup opposed to Gorbachev introduced by way of Communist occasion hardliners. The Soviet Union disintegrated, leaving Russians looking for a usable previous. The Garrards demonstrate how Patriarch Aleksy II--a former KGB officer and the fellow in the back of the church's winning defeat of the coup--is reconstituting a brand new nationwide suggestion within the church's personal image.
within the new Russia, the previous KGB who run the country--Vladimir Putin between them--proclaim the go, now not the hammer and sickle. in the meantime, a majority of Russians now embody the Orthodox religion with extraordinary fervor. The Garrards hint how Aleksy orchestrated this variation, positioning his church to inherit energy as soon as held by way of the Communist social gathering and to develop into the dominant ethos of the army and govt. They express how the revived church less than Aleksy avoided mass violence through the post-Soviet turmoil, and the way Aleksy astutely associated the church with the military and melded Russian patriotism and faith.
Russian Orthodoxy Resurgent argues that the West needs to come to grips with this advanced and contradictory resurgence of the Orthodox religion, since it is the hidden strength in the back of Russia's household and international regulations today.
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Russian Orthodoxy Resurgent: Faith and Power in the New Russia by John Garrard,Carol Garrard