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Digital Orthodoxy in the Post-Soviet World : the Russian Orthodox Church and Web 2.0.

Author: Mikhail Suslov
Publisher: Stuttgart : Columbia University Press, 2016.
Series: Soviet and post-Soviet politics and society.
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This volume explores the relationship between new media and religion, focusing on the digital era's impact on the Russian Orthodox Church. A believer may now enter a virtual chapel, light a candle through drag-and-drop, send an online prayer request, or worship virtual icons and relics. In recent years, however, Church leaders and public figures have become increasingly skeptical about new media. The internet, some  Read more...
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Suslov, Mikhail.
Digital Orthodoxy in the Post-Soviet World : The Russian Orthodox Church and Web 2.0.
Stuttgart : Columbia University Press, ©2016
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mikhail Suslov
ISBN: 9783838268712 3838268717
OCLC Number: 956123664
Notes: Scientific Atheism Sites and Ideologists of the Atheist and Anti-Clerical Runet.
Description: 1 online resource (353 pages).
Contents: Acknowledgement; Table of Content; Foreword; Introduction; The church, the state, and Russian society; Digital religions worldwide; State-of-the-art; An outline of the book; References; Chapter 1. The Medium for Demonic Energies: 'Digital Anxiety' in the Russian Orthodox Church; Introduction; Methodology; The paradox of cyber-skepticism; The doubling of the world: theological tradition and new media; De-sacralization of the sacraments; Anthropological threat; Anonymity and pseudonymity; Conclusions; References. Chapter 2. Russia's Immoral Other: Moral Panics and the Antichrist on Russian Orthodox WebsitesIntroduction; Russian Antichrist: the immoral other becomes an empty signifier; Moral panics and the Antichrist on Runet; The Apocalypse, the Antichrist and eschatological fears; Globalisation, electronic documents and the number of the Beast; Pussy Riot, modern culture, and other moral dangers; Conclusion; References; Chapter 3. Wi-Fi in Plato's Cave: The Digital Icon and the Phenomenology of Surveillance; Introduction; The surveillance-mirror; The acheiropoietos-icon as an imaginary image. The surveillance-gazeThe icon's gaze; The digital icon; Conclusion; References; Chapter 4. The Body of Christ Online: The Russian Orthodox Church and (Non- )Liturgical Interactivity on the Internet; Introduction; 1. Digital religion and the Russian Orthodox Church; 2. Object; 3. Liturgical and non-liturgical interactivity; 4. Bridging time and space; 5. Vox populi and media theories; 6. The ROC's online standards; Case Studies; 1. Websites for interactive discussions; 2. Online challenge to gender conventions; 3. 'Cybergrace'; 4. Language as a medium; Conclusion; References. Chapter 5. Heretical Virtual Movement in Russian Live Journal Blogs: Between Religion and PoliticsIntroduction; Methodology; Vladimir's Gospel, or why one should not believe in God; Golyshev's heterodoxy: a shift from theological to political definition; Concepts of Church, sin and the role of the Scriptures in Golyshev's heterodoxy; Golyshev's online heterodoxy and offline mixed religiosity; The LJ heretical community as an online religious minority; Conclusion; References.
Series Title: Soviet and post-Soviet politics and society.

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This volume explores the relationship between new media and religion, focusing on the digital era's impact on the Russian Orthodox Church. A believer may now enter a virtual chapel, light a candle through drag-and-drop, send an online prayer request, or worship virtual icons and relics. In recent years, however, Church leaders and public figures have become increasingly skeptical about new media. The internet, some of them argue, breaches Russia's “spiritual sovereignty" and implants values and ideas alien to Russian culture. This collection examines how Orthodox ecclesiology has been influenc.

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