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La nébuleuse évangélique en Russie : de la mission étrangère à la surenchère nationale

Abstract : [The Evangelical world in Russia: from the foreign mission to more native than thou] With the opening of the borders in 1991, Russia saw an influx of Western evangelical movements. However, these groups are finding it difficult to develop in a highly-secularised country where the Russian orthodox identity is now stronger than ever and where laws governing freedom of conscience are highly restrictive vis-à-vis non-traditional movements. Moreover, the Western evangelical movements are finding themselves in conflict with their Russian counterparts, most of which tend to emphasise their Russian credentials (the more recent essentially in order to gain legitimacy in a context which is increasingly hostile to religious pluralism, and the longer-established in order to affirm their distinctiveness from the new forms of Protestantism). While many of the new evangelical movements transmit Western values, they are also tending to acculturate. In Russia, as elsewhere, the meeting of religious globalisation and the national context leads to culture shock.
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Kathy Rousselet. La nébuleuse évangélique en Russie : de la mission étrangère à la surenchère nationale. Critique Internationale, Presses de sciences po, 2004, pp.125-138. ⟨hal-01019947⟩

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