Holy Rus’?

Posted January 16, 2018 11:37 pm by Dr. Adam DeVille

Holy Rus’?

Interest in Russian Orthodoxy remains high, not least because myths around the Russian Church remain carefully cultivated, often alternating between narratives of “chosen glory” and “chosen trauma,” to use Vamik Volkan’s terms.A recent book by John P. Burgess looks at these narratives, especially in the post-1991 period: Holy Rus’: The Rebirth of Orthodoxy in the New Russia (Yale UP, 2017), 272pp.About this book the publisher tells us:A bold experiment is taking place in Russia. After a century of being scarred by militant, atheistic communism, the Orthodox Church has become Russia’s largest and most significant nongovernmental organization. As it has returned to life,

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