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Russia: The Orthodox Spring
Journey to Orthodoxy ^ | 10/17/12 | Alessio Schiesari

Posted on 10/27/2012 9:47:56 AM PDT by marshmallow

88% of the population professes to believe in God, while the number of agnostics and atheists is constantly dropping: a study examines religion’s comeback in former kingdom of State atheism.

The long slog is over. The exile of the Orthodox Church from Russian society began in ’17 with the October Revolution and the birth of “gosateizm”, or State atheism. Ninety five years on, the Patriarchate in Moscow is reliving its youth all over again. A recent survey carried out by the Levada Centre has captured the religious sentiment within the Federation: 79% of Russians profess themselves to be Orthodox, 6% Muslim and 3% are Jews, Catholics and Protestants. Believers as a whole make up 88% of the Russian population. This figure is higher than what it was before the Bolshevik revolution. The number of agnostics is constantly falling (7%), while barely 5% call themselves atheists. Following the fall of the USSR, just 34% of the Russian population called themselves believers. If this figure is compared to today’s, we see that in the past twenty years more than one in two Russians has discovered the faith. The spiritual counter-revolution affects members of the Orthodox faith above all, those who suffered the forced policies of “atheization”. From its very birth, the regime tried to uproot the roots of the Orthodox faith from Russia’s social fabric. The figures help us to understand the extent of the phenomenon: in 1919 there 54 thousand priests active in the USSR. Twenty years later, there were just 500 left. Before the accession of the Bolsheviks to power there were a thousand churches in the capital. After the fall of the wall, only 40 remained. Since the fall of the USSR this number has steadily risen and today there are about 500 churches.

Secularisation continued at the same....

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TOPICS: History; Orthodox Christian; Religion & Culture; Skeptics/Seekers
KEYWORDS: russia; russianorthodox

1 posted on 10/27/2012 9:48:04 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

May Russia be blessed as she returns to the fold of Christ. May she inspire others to reject the ways of the evil world and secular humanism! Let St. George, the patron saint of the the Russians, guard and protect them in these hard times. Amen.


2 posted on 10/27/2012 1:53:27 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: marshmallow

Christ-be-praised bump


3 posted on 10/27/2012 1:58:18 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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