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Bodies like bright stars : saints and relics in Orthodox Russia

Author: Robert H Greene
Publisher: DeKalb : Northern Illinois University Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"While Russian Orthodox theologians celebrated saints as paragons of virtue and piety whose lives were to be emulated in the search for salvation, ordinary believers routinely sought the assistance of the holy dead for commonplace and earthly matters. The Orthodox faithful were more likely to pray to the saints for help in the everyday concerns of health and home than for salvation. Evidence from miracle stories,  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert H Greene
ISBN: 9780875804095 0875804098
OCLC Number: 406164683
Description: xii, 299 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: In the eye of the beholder : the Russian Orthodox Church and the problem of incorruptibility --
Going to see the saints : miracles, shrines, and relics --
Making saints : canonization and community --
The Revolution and the saints --
Toppling the saints from their thrones : the Bolshevik exhumation of holy relics --
Relics in Red Russia : Orthodox responses to the exhumation campaign --
The passing of the saints?
Responsibility: Robert H. Greene.
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Exploring patterns of popular devotion to the cult of the saints in both late imperial and early Soviet Russia, this title argues for an interpretation of Orthodoxy as a proactive faith grounded in  Read more...

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"Readable and witty. Integrating western scholarship with a deep plumbing of archival material, Greene has deftly analyzed the myriad interactions among saints' bones, believers, religious leaders, Read more...

 
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