- Hardcover: 344 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press; First Edition edition (September 14, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0691125732
- ISBN-13: 978-0691125732
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,421,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Savagely persecuted throughout the existence of the Soviet Union, the Russian Orthodox Church has experienced a remarkable revival in the past two decades. Led by its patriarch, Aleksy II, the renaissance has not been, however, as simple as picking up where 1917 left off; the historical Church was too intimately connected with czarist autocracy for that. Examining the restoration process, the Garrards touch on certain reconnections with the pre-revolutionary Church in consecrations conducted in the beautiful Orthodox liturgy of church buildings and monasteries returned to it by post-Communist Russian governments. But they also focus on Aleksy II’s agenda both to reroot Russian Orthodoxy to its claim as the true apostolic succession in Christendom (a challenge to Roman Catholicism’s rival claim) and to reidentify it with Russian nationalism. The former claim lies in New Testament texts the Garrards clearly explain, while their discussion of Aleksy II’s activities in the latter realm display the authors’ supple understanding of Russian patriotism and its religio-military heroes going back to Alexander Nevsky. An important work for students of contemporary Russia. --Gilbert Taylor
"At the heart of the book is a masterful biography of Alexy himself. . . . An important and meticulously researched book."--Thomas de Waal, Times Literary Supplement
"[The Garrards] focus on Aleksy II's agenda both to reroot Russian Orthodoxy to its claim as the true apostolic succession in Christendom (a challenge to Roman Catholicism's rival claim) and to reidentify it with Russian nationalism. The former claim lies in New Testament texts the Garrards clearly explain, while their discussion of Aleksy II's activities in the latter realm display the authors' supple understanding of Russian patriotism and its religio-military heroes going back to Alexander Nevsky. An important work for students of contemporary Russia."--Gilbert Taylor, Booklist
"After the long dark eclipse of the Soviet period, the Russian Orthodox Church is again central to an understanding of contemporary Russia, and this book provides a fine starting point."--Robert Levgold, Foreign Affairs
"J. Garrard and C. Garrard provide an important portrait of the Russian Church and its role in the establishment of the 'new' Russia. . . . Based on an abundance of contemporary sources, the Garrards tell a fascinating story."--G.P. Cox, Choice
"The Garrards (he a lapsed Anglican, she a practising Lutheran) write evocatively about the history, in elegiac style about the beauty of the architecture, iconography and liturgy, and clear-headedly about nasty aspects such as the church's severe anti-Semitism."--Miriam Cosic, The Australian
"Even though the book's style appeals to a popular readership, scholars will want to study the Garrards' work. Their personal contacts with many Russians active in church life have awarded them priceless insights, within the reach of very few Westerners, and many of the important events they witnessed have not been well covered by news outlets."--John D. Basil, Church History
"This book combines empathy and detailed scholarship, shedding light on the intricacies of church-state relations in the new Russia."--Iannis Carras, opendemocracy.net
"[T]he book is a lively written impressionist report by engaged observers with an abundance of information."--Wil van den Bercken, Journal of Eastern Christian Studies
"[T]his is an engaging study of a fascinating subject that is essential to our understanding of the new Russia."--Ruth Coates, European Legacy
"The Garrards' monograph is an accessible survey of many aspects of Russian Orthodox history and culture and can serve as a valuable introduction to these topics."--Katja Richters, Journal of Contemporary History
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AND ITS COMMUNIST SYSTEM FELL DOWN; THE CONSERVATIVES SAID THAT IT WAS THE REAGAN
POLICY THAT BROKE DOWN THE SOVIET UNION, WHILE THE LIBERALS SAID IT WAS
THE REFORMS MADE BY GORBACHOV, HOWEVER BOTH OF THEM MISSED THE MOST
IMPORTANT THING THE MORAL AUTHORITY OF THE MILLENARIAN RUSSIAN ORTHODOX
CHURCH THAT DATES BACK TO 987 WHEN PRINCE VLADIMIR THE GREAT CONVERTED
THE PEOPLE OF RUS TO THE BYZANTINE BRANCH OF CHRISTIANITY; THIS BOOK FILLS
THAT GAP, IT STARTS WITH THE ROLE PLAYED BY THE PATRIARCH ALEKSY II (A FORMER KGB
AGENT) IN DEFEATING THE NEO-STALINIST COUP OF AUGUST 1991.
AFTER SEVENTY YEARS OF COMMUNISM, THE MOST CRIMINAL AND PERVERSE TYRANNY
THAT HUMANKIND HAS EVER HAD THAT IMPOSED ATHEISM , THERE WAS A REBIRTH OF
THE ORTHODOX FAITH;THE AUTHORS EXPLAINED THE WORK DONE BY THE PATRIARCH
IN THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE CHURCHES WHICH WERE DESTROYED AND DESECRATED
BY THE COMMUNISTS.
THE PATRIARCH TRIED TO CONCILIATE THE OFFICIAL CHURCH WITH THE FREE ORTHODOX
CHURCH ABROAD,IN THE END HE WAS SUCCESSFUL , HE HAS A LOT OF CREDIT IN AVERT
THE BLOODSHED THAT PLAGUED FORMER YUGOSLAVIA.
WHEN VLADIMIR PUTIN CAME TO POWER ORTHODOXY BECAME AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE
NEW RUSSIA, MANTAINING A DUE TOLERANCE AND FREEDOM TO THE OTHER RELIGIONS.
AS IT EXPECTED THE WEST STARTED TO ANTAGONIZE THE NEW RUSSIA, THE LIBERALS
BECAUSE OF THE MORAL FORCE OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IN DEFENCE OF
THE TRADITIONAL VALUES LIKE ITS OPPOSITION TO HOMOSEXUALITY AND THE NEOCONSERVATIVES
BECAUSE THE NEW RUSSIA HAS BEEN A BARRIER TO THEIR IMPERIALISTIC AMBITIONS IN THE
MIDDLE EAST AND EASTERN EUROPE AND THEIR UNBRIDLED FREE MARKET POLICIES.
THE AUTHORS ARE RIGHT WHEN THEY SAID THAT RUSSIA WILL NEVER BE LIKE THE WEST
AND WHY IT HAS TO BE?, TO BE NON-WESTERN DOES NOT MEAN TO BE ANTI-WESTERN IN
FACT IT COULD BE PRO-WESTERN, BUT THE WEST NEEDS TO MOVE ON AND SHED ALL THIS
HOLLOW RETHORIC OF DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND FREE MARKETS AND ACCEPT NOT ONLY
RUSSIA BUT THE WHOLE NON-WESTERN WORLD (LATIN AMERICA,ASIA, AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST)
AS IT IS.
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