Russian Baptists and Spiritual Revolution, 1905-1929

Russian Baptists and Spiritual Revolution, 1905-1929

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q... a fascinating read for everyone interested in Russia, religion, and modernity.q -- Nadieszda Kizenko In the early 20th century, Baptists were the fastest-growing non-Orthodox religious group among Russians and Ukrainians. Heather J. Coleman traces the development of Baptist evangelical communities through a period of rapid industrialization, war, and revolution, when Russians found themselves asking new questions about religion and its place in modern life. Baptists' faith helped them navigate the problems of dissent, of order and disorder, of modernization and westernization, and of national and social identity in their changing society. Making use of newly available archival material, this important book reveals the ways in which the Baptists' own experiences, and the widespread discussions that they generated, illuminate the emergence of new social and personal identities in late Imperial and early Soviet Russia, the creation of a public sphere and a civic culture, and the role of religious ideas in the modernization process.... right to form aquot;special childrena#39;s, youth, womena#39;s prayer or other meetings, as well as general Bible, literary, handiwork, labor, ... excursions and childrena#39;s playgrounds, to open libraries and reading rooms, to organize sanatoria and medical aid. ... For example, after collecting signatures in favor of such a move at a series of large antireligious meetings attended by ... Volga town of Balashov seized the Baptist, Molokan, Seventh-Day Adventist, and Jewish meeting places in April 1929.

Title:Russian Baptists and Spiritual Revolution, 1905-1929
Author:Heather J. Coleman
Publisher:Indiana University Press - 2005-04-20


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