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The Development of Authority within the Russian Orthodox Church

A Theological and Historical Inquiry

Vitali Petrenko

Contents: Authority and the emergence of Christianity: Ante-Nicene period - Pax Romana: its origin and the significance for Christianity – Constantine era and beyond - Eusebius’ vision – Muscovite Rus’ - Russian Christianity: Kievan Rus’– The end of the Third Rome? - Nikon’s raskol – Under the shadow of the hammer and sickle - Bolshevik’s revolution: The end of the Imperial dream?