The Development of Authority within the Russian Orthodox Church

A Theological and Historical Inquiry

by Vitali Petrenko (Author)
©2012 Monographs 310 Pages


Following the period of glasnost and perestroika, the Russian Orthodox Church rose from the ashes of the Soviet Union and its ideology, and started to reassert its rightful place and authority within and beyond its canonical territory. This authority was exercised and revealed on several levels in relation to the rest of Christendom, both East and West: first, in relation to the ‘Mother’ Church and the Patriarchate of Constantinople and, second, in relation to the Roman Catholic Church and Protestant churches. In this book, the author addresses the previously unexplored issue of authority within the Russian Church and considers how and what type of authority was developed within the Church during its turbulent and controversial history and how this affects its operation today. The work investigates the historical contexts and events which led to a particular concept of authority being formulated in the Russian Orthodox Church within the wider framework of time, geography, theology and philosophy.


ISBN (Softcover)
Soviet Union and its ideology Russian Christianity Russian Orthodox Church Authority and the emergence of Christianity
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2011. XII, 310 pp.

Biographical notes

Vitali Petrenko (Author)

Vitali Petrenko, born in Gomel, Belorussia, studied theology at London Bible College, Brunel University and received his PhD at Durham University. He is the author of Theology of Icons: Protestant Perspective (2000).


Title: The Development of Authority within the Russian Orthodox Church