People, Church, and State in Modern Russia

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CHAPTER X
A Christian Basis for Cooperation with Russia

WHEN the question is asked, "Can Christians cooperate with the Soviets?" the first answer may well be that many millions of Christians are now already working with the Soviets. These are the millions of Russian Christians--Orthodox or Evangelical--who till the soil, mind the machines, heal the sick, celebrate the sacraments, and sit in collective farm or factory soviets all over the country and fight in the ranks of the Red Army. These Christians are a part of the Soviet people. Surely Christians in the West can cooperate with these people, and learn from them how to bring about happy working relations between the U.S.S.R. and other countries in all manner of good things. By learning from them we may hasten understanding and build a firmer foundation for working together. They too should learn from us, in order that understanding may become mutual and real. It is to be hoped that this two-way passage will soon be open for exchange of spiritual and theological goods, as well as the instruments of science, war and of politics.

The present inhabitants of the U.S.S.R. are of a relatively low average age, yet they are rooted in intellectual, social and spiritual traditions which stem from the latter nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and some of the brilliant young men and women of yesterday are the wise

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