Thinking Orthodox in Modern Russia: Culture, History, Context

Editat de Patrick Lally Michelson, Judith Deutsch Kornblatt
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 31 iul 2014
Thinking Orthodox in Modern Russia illuminates the significant role of Russian Orthodox thought in shaping the discourse of educated society during the imperial and early Soviet periods. Bringing together an array of scholars, this book demonstrates that Orthodox reflections on spiritual, philosophical, and aesthetic issues of the day informed much of Russia’s intellectual and cultural climate.
            Volume editors Patrick Lally Michelson and Judith Deutsch Kornblatt provide a historical overview of Russian Orthodox thought and a critical essay on the current state of scholarship about religious thought in modern Russia. The contributors explore a wide range of topics, including Orthodox claims to a unique religious Enlightenment, contests over authority within the Russian Church, tensions between faith and reason in academic Orthodoxy, the relationship between sacraments and the self, the religious foundations of philosophical and legal categories, and the effect of Orthodox categories in the formation of Russian literature.
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ISBN-13: 9780299298944
ISBN-10: 0299298949
Pagini: 316
Dimensiuni: 152 x 229 x 23 mm
Greutate: 0.44 kg
Editura: University of Wisconsin Press
Colecția University of Wisconsin Press


“Perhaps no Russian social class has been more colorfully and crudely pigeonholed than the ‘ecclesiastics’—from the nihilistic seminary student through the village priest, exotic sectarian, and high-ranking but obscurantist religious bureaucrat. This path-breaking volume corrects the picture with fascinating unexpected histories: of a Russian Orthodox Enlightenment, of miracle-verification in a Marxist era, of academic churchmen developing theism out of Kant and legal philosophers insisting on a religious base for human dignity, of Pushkin (and Pasternak) read through a sacred lens and Vladimir Solov’ev through a liberal one. A treasure-house of solid research and intellectual rigor, in which we see the believing Russian mind working together with the Russian heart.”—Caryl Emerson, Princeton University

“Whereas scholarship has focused on Church history, the clergy, and popular Orthodoxy, it has largely neglected Russian religious thought. This volume examines leading figures, from Platon (Levshin) to Pavel Florenskii, as well as critical issues, such as Imiaslavie and miracles; its impressive erudition, original research, and critical rethinking of key texts and figures make this a major contribution to our understanding Russian Orthodoxy.”—Gregory Freeze, Brandeis University

“A serious contribution to the analysis of Russian religious history [that] will, hopefully, stimulate further reconsiderations of the role of lay and ecclesiastical religious thought in Russia’s intellectual and cultural development.”—Slavic Review

“Offer[s] a panoramic view of how Russian Orthodox thought informed religious practice, shaped church politics, and permeated virtually every aspect of Russian cultural production.”—Russian Review

“A testament to the high level of diversity, vibrancy, and innovation currently present in the study of Russian religious thought and Russian Orthodoxy.”—American Historical Review

Notă biografică

Patrick Lally Michelson is an assistant professor of religious studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. Judith Deutsch Kornblatt is professor emerita of Slavic languages and literature at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


            Patrick Lally Michelson and Judith Deutsch Kornblatt
Part I Thinking Orthodox in the Church
1 Orthodoxy and Enlightenment in Catherinian Russia: The Tsarevich Dimitrii Sermons of Metropolitan Platon             
            Elise Kimerling Wirtschafter
2 Theology on the Ground: Dmitrii Bogoliubov, the Orthodox Anti-Sectarian Mission, and the Russian Soul                  
            Heather J. Coleman
3 Archbishop Nikon (Rozhdestvenskii) and Pavel Florenskii on Spiritual Experience, Theology, and the Name Glorifiers Dispute                     
            Scott M. Kenworthy
Part II Thinking Orthodox in the Academy
4 V. D. Kudriavtsev-Platonov and the Making of Russian Orthodox Theism                      
            Sean Gillen
5 The Struggle for the Sacred: Russian Orthodox Thinking about Miracles in a Modern Age                      
            Vera Shevzov
6 "The Light of the Truth": Russia's Two Enlightenments, with Reference to Pavel Florenskii                  
            Ruth Coates
Part III Thinking Orthodox in Society and Culture
7 Written Confession and Religious Thought in Early Nineteenth-Century Russia             
            Nadieszda Kizenko
8 Anagogical Exegesis: The Theological Roots of Russian Hermeneutics                 
            Oliver Smith
9 Kant and the Kingdom of Ends in Russian Religious Thought (Vladimir Solov'ev)                       
            Randall A. Poole
10 Religious Thought and Russian Liberal Institutions: The Case of Pavel Novgorodtsev              
            Vanessa Rampton
11 What Is Beauty?: Pasternak's Adaptations of Russian Religious Thought                      
            Martha M. F. Kelly
            Paul Valliere


This collection of essays on Russian religious thought focuses on the extent to which Russian culture and ideology has been informed by the nation’s roots in Orthodox Christianity.