A Kingdom divided against himself. Special edition

29 august 2019

Resume: This is a special issue of Russia in Global Affairs, dedicated to this big topic. Thirty years after the end of the Cold War, euphoria over the triumph of liberal ideology, which is “omnipotent because it is true,” has given way to dark pessimism about the future and led to the loss of ideational and moral guidelines.

It would be naïve to lament that God’s things and Caesar’s things used to stand separately in the past, but now everything has got messed up. Politics and religion, power and faith have always existed in symbiosis. And yet there is a sense of danger which seems greater now than ever before. There are specific reasons for that. This is a special issue of Russia in Global Affairs, dedicated to this big topic. Thirty years after the end of the Cold War, euphoria over the triumph of liberal ideology, which is “omnipotent because it is true,” has given way to dark pessimism about the future and led to the loss of ideational and moral guidelines. Politics increasingly needs religious values as a support and a source of moral legitimacy. However, the interweaving of religion with modern virtual politics, which is based mainly on manipulations and void of constant principles, is deleterious for religion. In fact, religion does not refine political practices; it is the latter that impacts religious institutions. This special issue is an attempt to outline the topics of needed discussion and suggest ideas that would be consonant with the spirit of the coming times.

 

Contents:

Fyodor A. Lukyanov    The Church at a Historical Crossroads

 

About God and Caesar

Dmitry Uzlaner   Religion and Politics: An Unbreakable Symbiosis?

Andrei Shishkov   Old Dog, New Tricks

Richard Potz   State and Religion

 

Tomos and Its Implications

Sergei Kravets    Anamnesis of the Schism

Vladislav Petrushko   A Thorny Path of Ukrainian Orthodoxy

Svyatoslav Kaspe   Ukrainian Church Schism: Political Ramifications

Alexander Konkov   Hybrid Faith

Pyotr Petrovsky   A Schism in Universal Orthodoxy?

Archpriest Igor Prekup, Sergei Leonidov   Baltic Rehearsal

 

The Orthodox Vision

Father Alexander Webster:   “We need a ‘prophecy option’”

Momchil Metodiev   Not So Great Schism

Chrysostomos Stamoulis, Stylianos Tsompanidis, Nikolaos Maggioros,
Elias Evangelou   Autocephaly and Orthodox Unity

 

Beyond Faith

Andrei Vidishenko   Alternative Orthodoxy. Unlearned Lessons

James Jatras   Not for Church

Dimitris Konstantakopoulos   Imperialism, Geopolitics and Religion

Pavel Shlykov   In the Shadow of the Crescent

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