Рецензия на книгу: Роккуччи А. Сталин и Патриарх: Православная церковь и советская власть, 1917–1958: [пер. с итал. О. Р. Щелоковой]. М.: Политическая энциклопедия, 2016. 582 c.
Book Review: Roccucci A. Stalin i Patriarkh: Pravoslavnaya tserkov' i sovetskaya vlast', 1917–1958 [Stalin e il patriarca. La Chiesa ortodossa e il potere sovietico]. Moscow: Politicheskaya Entsiklopediya, 2016.
The article was devoted the analysis adaptation strategies of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches to the new social and political conditions in the last decades. The author comes to the conclusion that Russian Orthodox Church chooses strategy of conservation to the new social and political conditions and Roman Catholic Church makes decision to follow democratic adaptation strategies.
This is a review of two recent books on Leon Trotsky, one of the most prominent Russian revolutionary leaders and an ardent critic of Stalin. The review analyses the main arguments of both books as well as their contribution to the study of Trotsky's personality and political legacy.
The chapter focuses on one of the ways to communicate with the sacred popular among contemporary Russian Orthodox believers – written appealing to the saints (letters and notes). Although not happy at all about this habit, the Church managers allow to publish these letters in the parish newspapers and web-sites and in other church mass-media. Analysis of publications of the letters addressed to Saint Xenia of Petersburg proves that the Church publishes them as a part of its advertising campaign targeted on those people who prefer irregular religiosity (pilgrimages, letters to the saint, etc) to traditional regular parish life. The chapter develops Peter Berger’s metaphor of religious market.