U.S. Liberal Christian Press about the Russian Orthodox Church in the USSR (Case Study: “Christianity and Crisis” Magazine)
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U.S. Liberal Christian Press about the Russian Orthodox Church in the USSR (Case Study: “Christianity and Crisis” Magazine)
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S207987840001394-2-1
DOI
10.18254/S0001394-2-1
Publication type
Article
Status
Published
Authors
Aleksei Borzov 
Affiliation: Vladimir State University
Address: Russian Federation, Vladimir
Abstract
The article studies the image of the Russian Orthodox Church in the context of its life in the USSR in the 1940s—1980s as it is presented in the American magazine Christianity and Crisis. This magazine is a valuable primary source for studying religious and socio-political views of the mainstream Protestantism in the post-WW2 United States but until now it has not been involved into the Russian historical scholarship. Paying attention to interfaith and international dialogue this magazine published materials about the life of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Soviet Union, including the issues of the Church’s freedom, its loyalty to the communist authorities and its influence in society, as well as liturgical life and ecumenical activities. The authors of the publications, on the one hand, were convinced in the superiority of Western Christianity and Western democracy, however, on the other hand, they molded a fairly attractive image of the Russian Orthodox Church. Both the warm comments and criticisms show a deep, detailed and unbiased insight of the members of U.S. Christian denominations into the Russian Church and its life in the Soviet Union.
Keywords
USA, USSR, Russian Orthodox Church, “Christianity and Crisis”, Christianity, liberal Protestantism, R. Niebuhr, J. Bennett, National Council of Churches
Received
16.04.2016
Publication date
24.04.2017
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