The History of Russian Christianity - Vol. 1

The History of Russian Christianity - Vol. 1

The History of Russian Christianity - Vol. 1

The History of Russian Christianity - Vol. 1

Synopsis

This history is intensive as well as objective, providing fluency in the events, people and eras of Russian Christianity, covering the higher levels of Church activity but saints and serfs, dissenters and sectarians as well. (This is the first of four volumes.)

Excerpt

The purpose of this 4-volume work is to provide to the reader a history of the Christianity of Russia from its earliest beginnings to the modern age. This first volume of the history begins with the tradition of the visit of Apostle Andrew and concludes about 1590, shortly after the death of Tsar Ivan the Terrible. (Volume 2 deals with the era through the death of Tsar Peter the Great in 1725; Volume 3 deals with the Synodal Era and the Sectarians; Volume 4 concludes in 1990, the year Soviet control over Russia was terminated.) Although Russian Orthodoxy is the primary topic, dissenting and sectarian groups are included, along with discussion of the presence of Catholicism and the influx of Protestantism. This history is intensive as well as objective, aiming to give the reader fluency in the events, people and eras that comprise the history of Russian Christianity, including not just the higher levels of church activities but saints and serfs, dissenters and sectarians, as well.

It is difficult to write solely a history of the Russian Orthodox Church, because the history of Russia as a state, people and culture is completely interwoven with their religion, and every event, person and location has a religious involvement or attachment to it. in writing this history the author has sought to focus on Russian religion while including those areas of Russian political history and tradition which are needed to explain the religious history.

Russian Christian history is largely that of Russian Orthodoxy, and fiction and legend need to be removed in order to present an objective account. With . . .

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