By Jennifer Jean Wynot
Focusing her examine on provinces, Smolensk and Moscow, Wynot describes the Soviet oppression and the clandestine struggles of the clergymen and nuns to uphold the traditions of monasticism and Orthodoxy. Their luck opposed to heavy odds enabled them to supply a counterculture to the Soviet regime. certainly, of all of the pre-1917 associations, the Orthodox Church proved the main resilient. Why and the way it controlled to persevere regardless of the big hostility opposed to it's a subject that keeps to fascinate either most people and historians.
Based on formerly unavailable Russian archival resources in addition to written memoirs and interviews with surviving clergymen and nuns, Wynot analyzes the monasteries’ variation to the Bolshevik regime and he or she demanding situations commonplace Western assumptions that Communism successfully killed the Orthodox Church in Russia. She exhibits that during truth, the function of priests and nuns in Orthodox monasteries and convents is important, and they're mostly liable for the continuation of Orthodoxy in Russia following the Bolshevik revolution.
Keeping the Faith bargains a wealth of latest details and a brand new point of view that may be of curiosity not just to scholars of Russian historical past and communism, but additionally to students attracted to church-state relations.