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By the early twentieth century, a genuine renaissance of religious thought and a desire for ecclesial reform were emerging in the Russian Orthodox Church. With the end of tsarist rule and widespread dissatisfaction with government control of all aspects of church life, conditions were ripe for the Moscow Council of 1917-1918 to come into being. The council was a major event in the history of the Orthodox Church. After years of struggle for reform against political and ecclesiastical resistance, the bishops, clergy, monastics, and laity who formed the Moscow Council were able to listen to one other and make sweeping decisions intended to renew the Russian Orthodox Church. Council members sought change in every imaginable area—from seminaries and monasteries, to parishes and schools, to the place of women in church life and governance. Like Vatican II, the Moscow Council emphasized the mission of the church in and to the world. Destivelle’s study not only discusses the council and its resolutions but also provides the historical, political, social, and cultural context that preceded the council. In the only comprehensive and probing account of the council, he discusses its procedures and achievements, augmented by substantial appendices of translated conciliar documents. Tragically, due to the Revolution, the council's decisions could not be implemented to the extent its members hoped. Despite current trends in the Russian church away from the Moscow Council’s vision, the council’s accomplishments remain as models for renewal in the Eastern churches.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Detailed Table of Contents for the Appendices
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Foreword to the French Edition
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface to the French Edition
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 20-23
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  1. Part 1: the Council’s Origins
  2. pp. 24-39
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  1. Part 2: Towards the Council, 1905–1917
  2. pp. 40-71
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  1. Part 3: the Council Itself: Procedures, Composition, and Unfolding
  2. pp. 72-89
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  1. Part 4: The Decrees of the Council
  2. pp. 90-91
  1. Chapter 1: The Conciliar Organization of the Church
  2. pp. 92-142
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  1. Chapter 2: Pastoral Activity and Discipline in the Church
  2. pp. 143-155
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  1. Chapter 3: The Church, the State, and the Revolution
  2. pp. 156-171
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  1. Part 5: the Application and Reception of the Decrees of the Council
  2. pp. 172-209
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  1. Appendix I
  2. pp. 210-351
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  1. Appendix II
  2. pp. 352-370
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  1. Addendum of Selected Recent Scholarship
  2. pp. 371-372
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 373-441
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 442-451
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 452-468
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780268077822
Related ISBN
9780268026172
MARC Record
OCLC
922662202
Pages
488
Launched on MUSE
2015-10-03
Language
English
Open Access
No
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