Title

One Eastern Church or Two? Armenians, Orthodoxy, and Ecclesiastical Union in Nineteenth-Century Russia

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2018

Publication Title

Journal of Orthodox Christian Studies

First page number:

1

Last page number:

2

Abstract

Analyzing projects for union between the Armenian and Orthodox Churches in tsarist Russia, this article explores and problematizes the boundary between Orthodoxy and so-called foreign confessions. After considering plans for incorporating non-Orthodox believers into Orthodoxy from the 1820s to the 1870s, it examines discussions of Armenian-Orthodox union based on the supposition that differences between the two churches were trivial and based on “misunderstanding.” The article identifies two main factors in these projects’ failure: an emerging national ideology that promoted the religious reclamation of historically Orthodox communities (not including Armenians), and the foreign policy advantages of upholding the Armenian Church as a “foreign confession.”

Disciplines

History of Religion

Language

English

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