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His Kingdom Come
Orthodox Pastorship and Social Activism in Revolutionary Russia
“Remarkable. Highly recommended.” —Choice
“Contributes to the growing body of American scholarship and Russian scholarship. Hedda has illuminated a neglected corner of Russian history and her book is a useful and welcome addition.”—The Russian Review
“Valuable and stimulating. Hedda focuses on the passion with which many clergy ... embraced the idea of the Kingdom of God on earth and worked courageously for social reforms necessary to that end.”—Times Literary Supplement
Jennifer Hedda analyzes the ideas and activities of the parish clergy serving in St. Petersburg, the capital of imperial Russia, in order to discover how the Russian Orthodox Church responded theologically and pastorally to the profound social, economic, and cultural changes that transformed Russia during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The challenges of modernity forced the Orthodox clergy, like other members of educated society, to re-examine their interpretation of the Church’s earthly mission and their own role in fulfilling it. During the mid-19th century, Orthodox theologians began to argue that the church had a responsibility to society as well as to individuals, and to assert that its mission was to lead believers in building a society that manifested the gospel principles of love, mercy, charity, and justice.
(2008) 300 pp.
Jennifer Hedda received a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University and now lives in Virginia with her husband and her three sons.
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