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Русское православие в современном обществе

Рязанова С. В.

The article is devoted to  the peculiarities of the perception of the Orthodox doctrine and  ritual  in mass consciousness. Orthodoxy is considered not only as a component of  domesticculture, but  also as a  result of modernization of  the  social space.  The restoration of legal and cultural status of Orthodoxy has not resulted in the restoration of its influence overthe populationof the country, despite the claim for spiritual monopoly. Constantly interacting with mythological and secular  factors of  culture,  Orthodoxy adapts itself  for changing  social  conditions and is developed as multilevel and multiple religious system. Orthodoxy forcedly turns into the religion  of  the  individual, which  is  reduced  to  convenient  forms  and  is taken  out  from the  public sphere.  Only  formalities  of  traditional  ritual  practice  are  fixed in  the  public  space.  The  article analyses the main mythologemes, which  arisebecauseof  the  orthodox way of living. Orthodoxy appears as one possible way of self-identification of the individual, having weak communications with religious consciousness.  The patterns  of  the  transformation of the religious doctrine in the ordinary consciousness,  which arereduced to  the  designing of mythologemes with formally religious plot, the archetypical basis and secular functions are marked out.