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Les conversions à l'orthodoxie en Russie post-soviétique

Abstract : Conversions to Orthodox Christianity in post-Soviet Russia
A large number of studies demonstrate that religious life was highly developed at the end of the 1980s in Russia. Beyond this, analysis of conversions is still a complex question because they concern an intimate register. The variety of biographical paths seems endless. Meanwhile, the stories of conversion are widely stereotyped. In the current theoretical debates, the question often arises of a radical change that is said to accompany the conversion. Some anthropologists, who generally have worked on charismatic and Evangelical Protestantism, and are inspired by Pauline experience, emphasize the disjunction which occurs, according to them, in the case of conversions to Christianity. Others, however, dispute this idea, and consider that it seems hardly possible to conclude that conversion means a break in moral values. This study, mainly based on individual conversion narratives collected since the beginning of the 1990s until today in Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Krasnodar, and a small town in the region of Kaluga, but also on stories published in newspapers and Orthodox magazines, extends the debate. It shows that the answer to the question depends on the mode of conversion and forms of religious commitment.
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Kathy Rousselet. Les conversions à l'orthodoxie en Russie post-soviétique. Slavica Occitania, Association Slavica Occitania, 2015, 41, pp.129 - 148. ⟨hal-03399817⟩

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