The concept of "Russian World" as a demonstration of symphony religion and power




"Russian world", a symphony of religion and power, Patriarch Kirill, political orthodoxy, Russian Orthodox Church


The article is devoted to the concept of "Russian World" as one of the main manifestations of symphony religion and power in modern Russian Orthodoxy. It is proved that the religious-political construct of "symphony of spiritual and secular authority" in political Orthodoxy is perceived as a modern interpretation of the Byzantine principle of interaction between church and state; for the consolidation of the "Russian world" status Orthodox outpost in the struggle with the West, it is widely used medieval apologists ideological narratives, like "Moscow - Third Rome"; trying to construct a virtual ideological confrontation with the imaginary "non-spiritual West" and political Orthodoxy, his supporters are actively using the ideological clich? "siege fortress", which remained the legacy of the persecuted Orthodox Church of the Soviet era. It is traced that the process of the emergence and formation in the Russian religious discourse of the phenomenon of political orthodoxy chronologically coincides with the sharp change in the political course of the Russian Federation in the 90 years of the twentieth century and the political and social request for a "strong leader". It is analyzed that in the new political realities the active collaboration between the church and the state began, which became the key to the formation of new ideological constructs. It was investigated that the ideological doctrine of the "Russian world", the main apologist of which is the Patriarch of Moscow Kirill (Gundyayev), is a typical postmodernist construct, in which a number of separate elements of several ideological paradigms are used. The concept of the "Russian world" is based on mythological thinking, the Russian imperial pathos, which is designed in the form of a narrative about a "separate civilization", and elements of Orthodox fundamentalism, which are actualized in opposition to Russia and Orthodoxy to the outside world.

Author Biography

Anton Fomenko, National Pedagogical Dragomanov University, Kyiv

Сompetitor of the Department of Cultural Studies


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How to Cite

Fomenko, A. (2018). The concept of "Russian World" as a demonstration of symphony religion and power. Skhid, (3(155), 63–68.