Russian Society and the Orthodox Church examines the Russian Orthodox Church's social and political function and its dating to civil society in post-Communist Russia. It indicates how Orthodox prelates, clergy and laity have formed Russians' attitudes in the direction of spiritual and ideological pluralism, which in flip have encouraged the ways that Russians comprehend civil society, together with these of its good points - pluralism and freedom of moral sense - which are crucial for a functioning democracy. It indicates how the reliable church, together with the Moscow Patriarchate, has impeded the improvement of civil society, whereas nevertheless the non-official church, together with nonconformist clergy and lay activists, has promoted options critical to civil society.
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