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  • Paperback: 510 pages
  • Publisher: Langham Monographs (14 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783689900
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783689903
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Phillips on 18 April 2014
Format: Paperback
This book is about the influence of Russian Orthodoxy on the self-styled Eastern-rite Protestants: the Evangelical Christians-Baptists of the former Soviet Union.

The work is scholarly, based on the doctoral thesis by the author, however draws material not only from academic research ('book knowledge') but also from the oral tradition of the indigenous Russian evangelical church. The particular focus is the period 1960-1990, covering the latter period under Khruschev, the Brezhnev administration and the final years of the Soviet Union.

The wide-ranging work covers issues such as theological influence, arguing that the 'Arminian' soteriology of the Russian Baptists is not a western import, but rather the synergistic theology of the Molokans and their Orthodox roots. The ceremony and sacramental belief and practice of the Russian Baptists are scrutinised from the perspective of an insider. Attitudes towards holiness/worldliness, providence, the vindication of believers and so forth are also explored, revealing a distinctive worldview and folk wisdom which has much in common with traditional Eastern Orthodox thought. There is interesting discussion of the Slavophile notion of the spiritual East versus the corrupt West.

On several occasions the author concedes that some features of Russian Baptist church culture might have roots in other Christian traditions, such as Weslayan soteriology, a high view of the sacraments among Baptists in the past or the conservative cultural practices of evangelicals of a earlier age. These could have been explored more.

Besides the analysis of the particular issues under investigation this book identifies key names and dates which may be unfamiliar to those outside the tradition and subculture being studied.
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