Digital Orthodoxy in the Post-Soviet World

The Russian Orthodox Church and Web 2.0

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Digital Orthodoxy in the Post-Soviet World
The Russian Orthodox Church and Web 2.0

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About the book


This volume explores the relationship between new media and religion, focusing on the WWW’s impact on the Russian Orthodox Church. Eastern Christianity has travelled a long way through the centuries, amassing the intellectual riches of many generations of theologians and shaping the cultures as well as histories of many countries, Russia included, before the arrival of the digital era. New media pose questions that, when answered, fundamentally change various aspects of religious practice and thinking as well as challenge numerous traditional dogmata of Orthodox theology. For example, an Orthodox believer may now enter a virtual chapel, light a candle by drag-and-drop operations, send an online prayer request, or worship virtual icons and relics. In recent years, however, Church leaders and public figures have become increasingly skeptical about new media. The internet, some of them argue, breaches Russia’s ?spiritual sovereignty? and implants values and ideas alien to the Russian culture. This collection addresses such questions as: How is the Orthodox ecclesiology influenced by its new digital environment? What is the role of clerics in the Russian WWW? How is the specifically Orthodox notion of sobornost’ (catholicity) being transformed here? Can Orthodox activity in the internet be counted as authentic religious practice? How does the virtual religious life intersect with religious experience in the ?real? church?
The author

About the author

Dr. Mikhail Suslov holds a PhD in history from the European University Institute (Florence). Now he is a Marie Curie fellow at Uppsala University’s Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Uppsala University. His academic interests include Russian intellectual history, geopolitical ideologies and utopias, religious (Orthodox) political theorization. His most recent publications are: Suslov (2014). "Holy Rus": The Geopolitical Imagination in the Contemporary Russian Orthodox Church. Russian Politics & Law, 52(3); Suslov (2014). “Crimea Is Ours!” Russian popular geopolitics in the new media age. Eurasian Geography and Economics, 55(6).

The author of the foreword:

Fr. Cyril Hovorun is a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate); currently a senior lecturer at Stockholm School of Theology / Sankt Ignatios Academy in Sweden and a researcher at Columbia University.


To the scholarly study of the impact of the internet and social media on religious beliefs and practices, this interdisciplinary collection brings a special focus on Orthodox Christianity and its diverse online expressions in Russia and Ukraine – both official and unofficial. In addition to transforming human relations throughout the world, the communications revolution has also generated urgent questions for the Orthodox Church: Do the new media enhance Christian teaching and church unity, or do they undermine clerical authority and enable heresy? Do digital popular culture and cybertheology, religious blogging and online worship reinforce the religious community or do they erode a religious ethos and traditional values? "Digital Orthodoxy" is an indispensable resource on this fascinating encounter between traditional religiosity and the new media.

Andrii Krawchuk, Department of Religious Studies, St. Paul University, Ottawa

Additional Information

Additional Information

Delivery time 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Author Cyril Hovorum, Mikhail Suslov, Magda Dolinska-Rydzek, Fabian Heffermehl, Alexander Ponomariov, Ekaterina Grishaeva, Hanna Stähle, Maria Engström, Sarah A. Riccardi-Swartz, Anastasia Mitrofanova, Irina Kotkina, Victor Khroul
Editor Mikhail Suslov, Andreas Umland
Number of pages 352
Language English
Publication date Jun 1, 2016
Weight (kg) 0.2500
ISBN-13 9783838208718