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What Analysts Miss about the Russian Orthodox Church
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  • Greg Olsen

    Well said. One wishes more journalists who write about the subject of religion had more training in the academic study of religion. Ninian Smart, rival of TAI’s Peter Berger, who I had the pleasure of studying under, was not one to neglect the institutional aspect of religious phenomena. (He developed an analytical tool for describing and comparing religions using dimensions: Doctrinal, Mythological, Ethical, Ritual, Experiential, Institutional, and Material, which was added after I was his student.) The Russian Orthodox Church’s connection to, as you put it, the deep state is a very important aspect to understand, not just the ritual aspect.

  • Jim__L

    It’s fascinating to me to watch KGB agents assigned to control the Church “go native”.

  • gabrielsyme

    I see a great deal of accusation of FSB power within the Russian Orthodox Church and absolutely no evidence proffered. The ROC appears to act in a manner completely consistent with its independence (quietly objecting to Russian aggression in Ukraine, often supporting monarchy, loudly calling for the state to prohibit abortion, etcetera). Where exactly is the evidence that the ROC is directed or intimidated into following the orders of the government? All the examples of working with the state are entirely consistent with the ROC’s history and theory of how to engage with the state.

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