Issue 18 The Millennium of “Russian” Christianity

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History of Russian Christianity: From the Publisher

Introduction to the Millennium of Russian Christianity.

the Editors

History of Russian Christianity: Did You Know?

Fascinating facts about Russian Christianity.

the Editors

The Orthodox Art/Ministry of Icons

Icons are produced according to strict, widely held standards, by artists who must train for years.

the Editors

The Primary Source of the Millennium Legends/Historical Events

Read for yourself the chief accounts upon which the millennium celebration is based; while these much—loved chronicles admittedly contain a good bit of legend, they are still the best history we have.

Nestor the Monk and the Editors

The Soviet Union Celebrates 1000 Years of Christianity

Why, all of a sudden, would an officially atheistic confederation of republics like the USSR choose to celebrate, in full pomp and grandeur, a thousand years of Christianity on its soil?

Ihor G. Kutash

Of Mass Baptisms and National Churches

Can a king-ordered mass baptism of his nation’s citizens really bring about their genuine conversion to Christ? What are we to make of Christ’s command to “make disciples of all nations"? The “conversion” of Kievan Rus’ was a king-commanded, soldier-implemented “Christianization” of a people. So was it valid? Kemmerer says it was, and offers a rationale that focuses on problems with the stereotypical Western concept of salvation and how to carry out the Great Commission.

David M. Kemmerer

What is Eastern Orthodoxy Anyway?

It’s being much-mentioned and much-lauded during all the millennial celebrations, but what, really, is this “Christian” faith that’s so unfamiliar to most Western Protestants? Here’s an introduction.

Alexander Melnyk

Christian History Timeline: History of Russian Christianity

Chronology of Russian church history.

the Editors

The Rich Heritage of Eastern Slavic Spirituality

Though practically unknown to most Westerners, the history of Orthodox spirituality among the Eastern Slavs of Ukraine and Russia is a deep treasure chest of spiritual exploration and discovery.

Louis Bouyer and the editors

Russian Christianity and the Revolution: What Happened?

Russia and the surrounding Slavic countries were at one time considered among the “most Christian” of nations. So where was the church during the revolution that made the USSR atheistic?

Andrew Sorokowski

The Soviet Union’s Religious Situation Today

The Soviet government reports that religion is definitely on the decline in the USSR. And given the persistent harassment of the state, one might expect that—but trustworthy sources say it isn’t so.

Brad Gillispie

What the Soviet Constitution Says About Freedom and Religion

The Soviet Union promises its citizens freedom of conscience and religion.

the Editors
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