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The Church in the Service of the Fatherland

Abstract : The Russian Orthodox Church intensifies activities that it labels as patriotic activities and is an important participant in the patriotic education programmes organised by the state. Going beyond institutional types of discourse, this essay examines how believers experience patriotism in their daily lives, how religion nurtures the patriotic sentiment. Priests and the laity present themselves as being in the service of a country in combat. The Orthodox Church combines various moral values, which are at the heart of the patriotism of believers. Russian religious patriots have different relations with the state, and their patriotism sometimes diverges from the official calls. This essay draws on Church publications, interviews with priests and laity since 2008 and observation of religious events. (Résumé de l'éditeur)
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Kathy Rousselet. The Church in the Service of the Fatherland. Europe-Asia Studies, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2015, 67 (1), pp.49 - 67. ⟨10.1080/09668136.2014.989000⟩. ⟨hal-03399294⟩



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