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To: little jeremiah
Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, "suggested that the modern-day West is no better for a Christian believer than the Soviet Union"

A good example of putinist wile. Right, the Western governments have infiltrated the Church and every ordination is vetted through the European Security Committee for Government Security, while no building permits are issued for churches regardless of demand -- and I only draw comparisons to Brezhnevite USSR.

This is a propaganda piece, not an analytic article. I am not entirely unsympathetic to the cause, but I think that if the West blinds itself to the cultural and political reality of the Russian Federation, nothing good will come from it from the conservative perspective. The West will be saved by the people of the West, not by bears, and it was not saved by Barlaam's donkey either.

Christianity was nearly destroyed in the Soviet Union. Starting from ruin any news from Russia looks like growth; this should not obscure the fact that informed Christians are a vanishingly small percentage of the population in Russia.

17 posted on 02/12/2014 6:07:16 PM PST by annalex (fear them not)
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To: annalex

Thanks for your input and knowledge; it is always welcome.


18 posted on 02/12/2014 6:12:05 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: annalex

Well, it is useful for the state to look bo worse than its population’s bad behavior or foreign nations’ bad behavior. Hitler was propped up as an icebreaker that way by communists willing to risk be sent to camps.

The Third Rome is a strange ambitious concept for Moscow aiming not at the West but at the seats of Constantinople and to displace Rome. I do not see much friendship from Moscow there.


20 posted on 02/14/2014 9:58:59 PM PST by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: annalex

>> but I think that if the West blinds itself to the cultural and political reality of the Russian Federation, nothing good will come from it from the conservative perspective.

Adulation from the Right is only meant to underscore how bad it is here.


21 posted on 02/14/2014 10:02:40 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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