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Religions 2017, 8(9), 170; doi:10.3390/rel8090170

‘Neither Victim nor Executioner’: Essential Insights from Secularization Theory for the Revitalization of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Contemporary World

College of Arts and Sciences, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA 92110, USA
Received: 22 June 2017 / Revised: 11 August 2017 / Accepted: 16 August 2017 / Published: 28 August 2017
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This essay explores two recent expressions of hostility towards secularization by Russian Orthodox officials (one from the Holy Synod of ROCOR and the other from Metropolitan Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev), and evaluates the likely consequences of this hostility. Drawing from secularization theorists including Peter Berger, Jose Casanova, and Charles Taylor, as well as the thought of Albert Camus, this essay argues that the long-term health of the Russian Orthodox Church will benefit from embracing insights from secularization theorists rather than attempting to “desecularize” Russian society with state support. View Full-Text
Keywords: Christian; Orthodox; spirituality; theology; state; identity; human rights; Russia; persecution; secularism Christian; Orthodox; spirituality; theology; state; identity; human rights; Russia; persecution; secularism
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Monge, R.G. ‘Neither Victim nor Executioner’: Essential Insights from Secularization Theory for the Revitalization of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Contemporary World. Religions 2017, 8, 170.

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