Richard Chartres looks in detail at a number of contemporary developments concerning the Soviet Union's Council for Religious Affairs. He considers the resurgence of Islam in Central Asian republics, Baptist advances in the Ukraine, and the sense of a religious 'Renaissance' among young, urban intellectuals in the USSR.
This lecture is part of Richard Chartres' series on Religion in Russia on the Eve of the Millennium. The other lectures in this series are:
The Russian Orthodox Church Before the Revolution
The Christian Church in the Soviet Period
Richard John Carew Chartres is the 132nd Lord Bishop of London, being confirmed in office in November 1995. He was previously Bishop of Stepney (1992-1995) and Gresham Professor of Divinity (1987-1992). His Gresham lectures covered topics as varied as prayer, the Shroud of Turin and the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. He read history at Trinity College, Cambridge and was ordained as a priest in 1974. He is very concerned with environmental issues, and since 2006 has the led the Church of England's Shrinking the footprint campaign. In 2008, the Independent on Sunday named him the 75th most important environmental campaigner in Britain.
All the previous lectures by the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dr Richard Chartres can be accessed on our website here.