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A long walk to church : a contemporary history of Russian orthodoxy

Author: Nathaniel Davis
Publisher: Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, ©1995.
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"Despite its problems, the Russian Orthodox Church manifests a luminous faith. It has achieved great political influence and is Russia's most important vehicle for spiritual and ethical renewal. Nevertheless, it is still a long walk to church in that tormented land."--BOOK JACKET. "Making use of the formerly secret archives of the Soviet government, Nathaniel Davis offers the first complete account of the history of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Church history
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Davis, Nathaniel, 1925-
Long walk to church.
Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, ©1995
(OCoLC)607894613
Online version:
Davis, Nathaniel, 1925-
Long walk to church.
Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, ©1995
(OCoLC)621218636
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nathaniel Davis
ISBN: 0813322766 9780813322766 0813322774 9780813322773
OCLC Number: 30892832
Description: xxiii, 381 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction - communism and religion; from the Bolshevik Revolution to World War II; the turnaround - Stalin's last years and the early Khrushchev period; Khrushchev's attack; the period of stagnation; the millennium; squalls and tempests; accusations and schisms; Russian Orthodox clergy; illegal and underground Orthodox clergy; monks, nuns and convents; theological education; publications and finances; the laity.
Responsibility: Nathaniel Davis.
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Using sources until now hidden in Soviet Government archives, Nathaniel Davis charts the dramatic changes in the fortunes of the Russian Orthodox Church, from near-extinction under the communist  Read more...

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