"A Prophet Has No Honor in the Prophet’s Own Country"
How Russian is Russian Evangelicalism?
The article discusses how the history of forced marginality and isolation of the Russian-speaking Evangelical Christians shaped their theology and social ministry. Russian Evangelicalism is a glocal phenomenon. It fully adheres to the universal Evangelical tenets and, at the same time, it is shaped as a socioculturally and linguistically Russian phenomenon. Its russianness is manifested in the construction of the Russian Evangelical narrative, formulated as a response to the cultural and political discourse of the modern Russia and to the Orthodox theology and application, as it is seen by evangelicals. This narrative is constructed with the language of the Synodal Bible in its present-day interpretation.
Russian evangelicals are constantly accused of being Western-influenced, proselytizing in the canonical land of the Russian Orthodox Church, and mistreating and misleading people. The article also argues agains these accusations, emphasizing the history, hermeneutics, and social ministries of Russian Evangelicalism.
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