Digital Orthodoxy in the Post-Soviet World: The Russian Orthodox Church and Web 2.0 by Mikhail SuslovDigital Orthodoxy in the Post-Soviet World: The Russian Orthodox Church and Web 2.0 by Mikhail Suslov

Digital Orthodoxy in the Post-Soviet World: The Russian Orthodox Church and Web 2.0

EditorMikhail Suslov

Paperback | August 16, 2016

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This volume explores the relationship between new media and religion, focusing on the digital era's impact on the Russian Orthodox Church. A believer may now enter a virtual chapel, light a candle through drag-and-drop, send an online prayer request, or worship virtual icons and relics. In recent years, however, Church leaders and public figures have become increasingly skeptical about new media. The internet, some of them argue, breaches Russia's "spiritual sovereignty" and implants values and ideas alien to Russian culture. This collection examines how Orthodox ecclesiology has been influenced by its new digital environment, such as the intersection of virtual religious life with religious experience in the "real" church, the role of clerics on the Russian Web, and the transformation of the Orthodox notion of sobornost' (catholicity), asking whether and how Orthodox activity on the internet can be counted as authentic religious practice.

Mikhail Suslov is a Marie Curie fellow at Uppsala University's Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. His academic interests include Russian intellectual history, geopolitical ideologies and utopias, and religious political theorization.
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Title:Digital Orthodoxy in the Post-Soviet World: The Russian Orthodox Church and Web 2.0Format:PaperbackDimensions:350 pagesPublished:August 16, 2016Publisher:ibidem PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3838208811

ISBN - 13:9783838208817

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This book includes an erudite study... which raises the question of parallels between contemporary virtual reality and transcendental virtuality of an icon.