Vorontsova Irina

Discussion on Christianization of Everyday Life among St. Petersburg Clergy in 1907–1908

Vorontsova Irina (2014) "Discussion on Christianization of Everyday Life among St. Petersburg Clergy in 1907–1908 ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia II : Istoriia. Istoriia Russkoy Pravoslavnoy Tserkvi, 2014, vol. 58, pp. 9-23 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturII201458.9-23


The Revolution of 1905 gave birth to the internal Church movement for renewal of Church life. Impressed by the revolutionary events the liberal clergy and laity of this movement called it “liberation”; in the period of the movement there was really a number of reforms that would free the Church from excessive state “custody ”. But there met and the other kinds of impulses of the “liberation” of Petersburg: the clergy, the strengthening of the role of Christianity got interested in everyday life, was wondering about the prospects for the introduction of the pastoral responsibilities of addressing social issues. There was a discussion on this topic in the “Society of Lovers of religious and moral education in the spirit of the Orthodox Church ”, the discussion took place in a number of forms of Church renovation included the offi cial recognition of the Russian Church “the Christianization of labour”. In their opinion the Christianization of all elements of everyday life would help draw in the Church wall to isolate themselves from the Church of the social strata of Russian society. Content of the discussion got into print and was propagated by priest Vladimir Kolachev, reworded features some “doctrine” and received a response in the provincial press. This discussion held at the St. Petersburg 1907–1908 by the clergs. It is highlighted the tendency of sociologization the moral teachings of Christianity in the beginning of the XX-th century in Russia and show the rejection of traditional ascetic outlook among representatives of the secular clergy.


Petersburg clergy’s discussion 1907–1908, Church movement, John Yanyshev, Christianization of labor, social Christianity, reformism, neochristianity, renovationism, priest Vladimir Kolachev


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