Russian Orthodox Church

Religion in World Politics

If we are to take a constructive part in world politics our leaders cannot assume that religious questions are unimportant.

Why Eastern European Conservatism Is Different
Why Eastern European Conservatism Is Different

The basic distinction between American conservatism and Eastern European conservatism lies in different attitudes toward freedom.

The Catholic Church Gains Stature in Belarus: What American Christians Should Know about the Ongoing Protests

Eight weeks after the falsified Belarusian presidential elections, country-wide protests remain steady, and fervent democratic activism has arisen among an unsuspecting source—the Catholic Church. American Christians should follow and take a vocal stance for the Belarusian future.

The Religious Sources of Russian Conduct
The Religious Sources of Russian Conduct

To better grasp Russian conduct, past and present, we would do well to understand its religious sources in Orthodox Christianity.

The Russian Threat to Religious Freedom in Eastern Ukraine
The Russian Threat to Religious Freedom in Eastern Ukraine

While many aspects of the Russo-Ukrainian war—such as the annexation of Crimea, the shootdown of passenger airliner MH17, and the creation of an autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church—have been widely discussed by experts, the plight of religious minorities in occupied eastern Ukraine has largely gone ignored.

Dostoevsky’s “Russian God”: Russian Attitude Toward Faith and Christianity
Dostoevsky’s “Russian God”: Russian Attitude Toward Faith and Christianity

Fyodor Dostoevsky uses “Russian God” to refer not to European, or Western God, but to unique aspects of Russian Orthodoxy with its unique emphasis on sobornost’.

A Presbyterian in Orthodox Russia: Review of John Burgess’ Holy Rus’
A Presbyterian in Orthodox Russia: Review of John Burgess’ Holy Rus’

In Holy Rus’, Burgess shows what happens when a Calvinist who knows little about Russian Orthodoxy lives (temporarily) in Russia.

“Be Joyful, the Shield and Protection of our Fatherland”: Russian Nuclear Orthodoxy in the Age of St. Seraphim - Book Review Dmitry Adamsky
“Be Joyful, the Shield and Protection of our Fatherland”: Russian Nuclear Orthodoxy in the Age of St. Seraphim

Dmitry Adamsky’s outstanding Russian Nuclear Orthodoxy explains the religious imagination that has swept not only through the Russian nuclear arsenal since 1991, but also into all levels of the country’s nuclear tirade, military forces, and even Russian foreign policy more broadly.

Caring for the Church of Ukraine: Constantinople’s Calmness Carries the Day
Caring for the Church of Ukraine: Constantinople’s Calmness Carries the Day

It’s hard to overstate the importance of Ukraine to Russia: in addition to Greater Russia, there is Holy Rus. Now the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is independent, which has the potential to be a seminal event in the history of both countries.