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Friday, June 27, 2014

Orthodox Paradoxes

The Russian Orthodox Church, by virtue of being the largest Orthodox church in the world (as they ceaselessly remind everyone, especially in Constantinople...), already commands considerable attention both popular and scholarly, but the events in Russia and Ukraine under Putin have only magnified the attention. A book just released explores the nature of Orthodoxy in Russia, at once "traditional" and yet (pace certain fatuous apologists) capable of adapting to new situations:  Katya Tolstaya, Orthodox Paradoxes: Heterogeneities and Complexities in Contemporary Russian Orthodoxy (Brill, 2014), 406pp.

About this book the publisher tells us:

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