“Tell the Truth about Persecution”: the Perception and the Assessment of the Bolshevik Persecution on the Church by the Orthodox Clergy, who Served on the Occupied Territory in 1941-1944, and by Members of Christian Seminar in 1970s

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Abstract

This article concerns the assessment of the Bolshevik anti-religious policy in two key periods of the history of the Orthodox Church in Russia in the 20th century. The first period was the Nazi occupation, which in many ways lifted the self-censorship of the clergy and believers: the representatives of the clergy could openly and without embarrassment speak out about the Bolsheviks and their religious policies and give a moral assessment of the pre-war tragedy. The representatives of the episcopate and of the ordinary priesthood began to oppose Bolshevism, some due to their own career motives, some due to their convictions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-216
JournalReligiski-Filozofiski Raksti
VolumeXXV
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2019

Keywords

  • anti-religious policy
  • Bolshevism
  • Russian Orthodox Church in the USSR
  • Christian Semina

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