[Hac-announce] Fwd: Why Russia’s church leader is blessing Putin’s war
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I think this article on the Russian Orthodox Church will be of special
interest to humanists.--Manny
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Addressing a thousands-strong rally in Moscow last week marking the
eighth anniversary of the annexation of Crimea, Vladimir Putin praised
the current war in Ukraine as a show of Russia’s “Christian values.” In
so doing, he echoed messages Russian Orthodox Christians have heard from
the church’s leader, Patriarch Kirill, who has signaled support for the
invasion and portrayed it as part of Russia’s fight against a liberal West.
But Russia’s church and state have not always been so aligned,
especially during the country’s tumultuous 20th century, explains church
historian Scott Kenworthy. Under Soviet rule, the Russian Orthodox
Church was the target of severe persecution. Yet in recent years, as the
country struggles to forge a new identity, Putin has latched onto faith
as a useful tool for unity
“The church’s current support for the Kremlin is not inevitable or
predestined, but a deliberate decision that needs to be understood,”
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Vladimir Putin speaks to Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill
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Why is Russia’s church backing Putin’s war? Church-state history
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Scott Kenworthy, Miami University
The war in Ukraine is just the latest chapter in a long, tangled
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