The Political in Russian Orthodoxy


A Political Dimension of the Russian Religious Philosophy

Church and Ideology: Divisions and Reductions

Church Autocephaly Through the Lens of Carl Schmitt’s Theory of Sovereignty

Different Humans and Different Rights? The Concept of Human Dignity in Western and Eastern Orthodox Perspectives

Focusing on the concept of human dignity, the article compares the views of Eastern Orthodox theology and “western” approaches with further distinction between secular, generally neutral models, and Christian theology. Analysis of Eastern Orthodox theology, of the idea of theosis (deification) in particular, shows that theological foundations of “human dignity” in East and West are often closer to each other than it is usually assumed. Consequently, the actual borderline apparently runs not so much between East and West, but rather between secular and religious approaches.

The Russian Orthodox Church’s Approach to Human Rights

The Concept of Violence in the Russian Orthodox Discourse in the Post-Soviet Period

Genealogy of the Idea of Monarchy in Post-Soviet Political Discourses of the Russian Orthodox Church

The Development of “Theology of Power” in the Fourteenth — Sixteenth Century Russia

The article examines the development of a particular “theology of power” in Russia in the 14-16th centuries, which became a foundation of the Russian ideology of monarchical rule. It explores a specific relationship between the Russian church and state as expressed in Ivan the Terrible’s theological views. It then discusses several inner conflicts and alternative theological viewpoints on the phenomenon of Tsar’s power in the medieval Russia. It goes further with detailed analysis of how this “theology of power” affected the country’s later socio-cultural history.

Orthodox Theology and the Temptation of Power

The growing political and social role of the Russian Orthodox Church is one of the most challenging issues raised by recent developments in Russia. What do these developments represent? This article offers a critical analysis of the Russian Orthodox Church’s involvement in Russian politics. Offering a theological perspective, the paper shows that the Russian Orthodox Church fails to make proper use of its own theological tools when it chooses to act as a partner of the state, rather than as an independent political agent.

No. 3 (32) 2014