and religiousness on post Soviet territories: the Russian case
Responding to a suggestion to discuss the subject of religion in
contemporary society we turn our attention to Eastern Europe on
purpose, because it is a fruitful place for thinking. It is here
that we may observe the victory of religion over materialism, a
growing of people's religiousness and sometimes interaction of religion
with various areas of knowledge. It is paradoxical, but alongside
we may observe growth of atheistic views among a part of the population,
a lowering of moral and a growing inside conflict between science
and religion. The example of Russia will help us to analyze this
difficult and multisemantic situation.
Why is this example a good one? First of all, it is because Russian
regions sometimes differ in multiconfessional and polyethnical,
geographic and social factors. It means that when speaking about
religion we provide a fuller and on a larger scale covering of the
picture of what is happening withour leaving the borders of one
country. Secondly, a specific attitude towards the Russian Orthodox
Church, which, undoubtedly, leaves a mark on the political appearance
of contemporary Russian state.
We hope, that our analytical overview will be useful for researchers
of religions in Eastern European countries.