The Christian Church in the Soviet Period

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Ever since the Revolution of 1917, Russia has considered atheism to be a precondition for social progress. Religion is dismissed as "an opiate for the people" (Marx) or as "moonshine" (Lenin). How has the Russian Orthodox Church, the main Christian body within the Soviet Union, managed to survive? what trials has it faced and what have been their cost?

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 Religious Picture Today in the Soviet Union

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This event was on Thu, 28 May 1987

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Dr Richard Chartres

Professor of Divinity

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).

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