Russia’s Modernization: The Role of the Russian Orthodox Church
4 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2011
Date Written: November 4, 2011
These theses form part of a book length project on the role of the Russian Orthodox Church in the modernization of Russia. In it I will seek to explain why the rise of traditional religious institutions in Russia is occurring at the same time that the government and society are embarked upon a massive program of modernization. Social science theory suggests that modernization ought to be accompanied by a decline in both religious sentiment and the influence of religious institutions. Exactly the opposite has happened in Russia since the collapse of USSR, and we need to understand why.
Keywords: Russian Orthodox Church, Modernization
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