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Published: 18 September 2019

246 Pages


ISBN: 9780198836230

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Deification in Russian Religious Thought

Between the Revolutions, 1905-1917

Ruth Coates

  • An authoritative study of the reception of the Eastern Christian Orthodox doctrine of deification in the work of major Russian lay religious intellectuals of the immediate pre-revolutionary period
  • Offers an account of what deification means in the context of the Greek patristic tradition, and how the idea made its way into Russian culture, particularly in the nineteenth century
  • Analyses four major works of Russian religious thought—all written between the revolutions of 1905 and 1917—which aim to convey the dominance of the theme of deification, explain the reasons for this, and demonstrate the variety of spheres to which the concept was applied, from politics and economics to asceticism