Suslov, Mikhail (ed.)

Digital Orthodoxy in the Post-Soviet World


The Russian Orthodox Church and Web 2.0



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This volume explores the relationship between new media and religion, focusing on the WWW’s impact on the Russian Orthodox Church.
Eastern Christianity has travelled a long way through the centuries, amassing the intellectual riches of many generations of theologians and shaping the cultures as well as histories of many countries, Russia included, before the arrival of the digital era. New media pose questions that, when answered, fundamentally change various aspects of religious practice and thinking as well as challenge numerous traditional dogmata of Orthodox theology. For example, an Orthodox believer may now enter a virtual chapel, light a candle by drag-and-drop operations, send an online prayer request, or worship virtual icons and relics. In recent years, however, Church leaders and public figures have become increasingly skeptical about new media. The internet, some of them argue, breaches Russia’s "spiritual sovereignty" and implants values and ideas alien to the Russian culture.
This collection addresses such questions as: How is the Orthodox ecclesiology influenced by its new digital environment? What is the role of clerics in the Russian WWW? How is the specifically Orthodox notion of sobornost’ (catholicity) being transformed here? Can Orthodox activity in the internet be counted as authentic religious practice? How does the virtual religious life intersect with religious experience in the "real" church?


352 Seiten, Paperback. 2016
ISBN 978-3-8382-0871-8
ISSN 1614-3515



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"An interesting piece of work which addresses an important and obviously under-researched topic."
Prof. Dr. Thomas Bremer, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

"To the scholarly study of the impact of the internet and social media on religious beliefs and practices, this interdisciplinary collection brings a special focus on Orthodox Christianity and its diverse online expressions in Russia and Ukraine – both official and unofficial. In addition to transforming human relations throughout the world, the communications revolution has also generated urgent questions for the Orthodox Church: Do the new media enhance Christian teaching and church unity, or do they undermine clerical authority and enable heresy? Do digital popular culture and cybertheology, religious blogging and online worship reinforce the religious community or do they erode a religious ethos and traditional values? "Digital Orthodoxy" is an indispensable resource on this fascinating encounter between traditional religiosity and the new media.
Andrii Krawchuk, Department of Religious Studies, St. Paul University, Ottawa

"This book includes an erudite study... which raises the question of parallels between contemporary virtual reality and transcendental virtuality of an icon"
Prof. Galina Yankovskaya, Perm State University

"Fascinating to read and a considerable contribution to the Ukrainian Studies literature."
Dr. Sarah Whitmore, Oxford Brookes University

"High quality research which offers important contributions to knowledge both for Development Studies and Area Studies."
Prof. Richard Batley, University of Birmingham

"Das Buch bietet vielschichtige Einblicke in das Verhältnis zwischen Kirche und Gesellschaft in Russland."
Regula Zwahlen, Religion & Gesellschaft in Ost und West, 1/2017


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