About ambiguous influence of orthodoxy on Russian mentality

Liberal Arts in Russia 2 (5):411--425 (2013)

Abstract
Orthodox ethic is inconsistent with liberal values and the spirit of capitalism. This incompatibility sets limits on the rates of economic growth in Orthodox countries and determines their backlog from the most developed Protestant and Catholic countries at the present stage. In this paper is examined the hypothesis of the decisive role of geography and some random events in the adoption of Orthodox Russia and the formation of specific characteristics of Russian mentality, in particular, the messianic spirit. The adoption of Orthodoxy by Rus is viewed in accordance with concept of Akhiezer and his co-authors as a partial borrowing of foreign culture for further development of its own culture. From this point of view such borrowing was not sufficient. Unlike Germanic tribes Rus did not succeed in adoption enough to start a new period of cultural self-development. The Baptizing was a large-scale intentional action for modernization of Rus life-style through intensifying with a help of cultural borrowing. But this potential was not enough for genesis of innovations that required for further intensive development. Thus the Baptizing can be viewed as a step on the way of extensive development. In the future Russia would use same practice of adopting ‘modern, more advanced cultural resources and reproducing on their basis the same extensive paradigm‘ (Akhiezer A., Kliamkin I, Yakovenko I. History of Russia. The End or New Beginning? M., 2005). The Baptizing can be considered not only as some kind of start for Russian history but also as a choice of development pattern. This pattern would persist even in 20th century in the period when Christianity and Orthodox church would be discarded.
Keywords Mentality   Russia   Christianity   Protestantism   Catholicism   Orthodoxy   Ethics   Slavs   Byzantium   values   Chosen by God
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Translate to english
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 69,043
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

The Role of the Russian Orthodox Church in Shaping the Political Culture of Russia.Marina Gaskova - 2004 - Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies 3 (7):111-122.
Crisis of the Tradition: Russian Conservative Thought from West to East.O. Shimanskaya - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 38:105-111.
Between East and West: Russian Renewal and the Future.Jurij Borodaj & Aleksandr Nikiforov - 1995 - Studies in East European Thought 47 (1-2):61 - 116.
Modernity and its Critique in 20th Century Russian Orthodox Thought.Kristina Stöckl - 2006 - Studies in East European Thought 58 (4):243 - 269.
Religious Politicization.Anastasia Mitrofanova - 2007 - The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 7:111-115.
On the Issue of Religious Tolerance in Modern Russia: National Identity and Religion.Dmitry A. Golovushkin - 2004 - Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies 3 (7):101-110.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2014-05-02

Total views
7 ( #1,063,571 of 2,498,570 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #282,166 of 2,498,570 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes