Russian Baptists and Spiritual Revolution, 1905-1929

Russian Baptists and Spiritual Revolution, 1905-1929

Coleman, Heather J.
Distribution: World
Publication date: 04/20/2005
Format: Hardback 10 b&w photos, 1 bibliog., 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-34572-1
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Wallace K. Ferguson Prize--Honorable Mention

... a fascinating read for everyone interested in Russia, religion, and modernity." —Nadieszda Kizenko

In the early 20th century, Baptists were the fastest-growing non-Orthodox religious group among Russians and Ukrainians. Heather J. Coleman traces the development of Baptist evangelical communities through a period of rapid industrialization, war, and revolution, when Russians found themselves asking new questions about religion and its place in modern life. Baptists’ faith helped them navigate the problems of dissent, of order and disorder, of modernization and westernization, and of national and social identity in their changing society. Making use of newly available archival material, this important book reveals the ways in which the Baptists’ own experiences, and the widespread discussions that they generated, illuminate the emergence of new social and personal identities in late Imperial and early Soviet Russia, the creation of a public sphere and a civic culture, and the role of religious ideas in the modernization process.

Author Bio

Heather J. Coleman is Canada Research Chair in Imperial Russian History and Associate Professor in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Spiritual Revolutions and Soul Wars
Part I. Organizing for the Russian Reformation
1. The Damned Shtundist: The Russian Evangelical Movement to 1905
2. The Era of "Open Storm": Baptist Organization and Community after 1905
3. A Community of Converts: Conversion Narratives and Social Experience
Part II. The Most Dangerous Sect
4. The Baptist Challenge
5. Russian Baptists and the "German Faith"
6. Dashed Hopes: 1910<N>1917
Part III. A Spiritual Revolution
7. The Revolution of the Spirit
8. Revolution and Opportunity
9. A Mixed Blessing: Sectarian Pacifism and Political Legitimacy
10. Parallel Lives? Religious Activism and Godless Fears
Glossary and Abbreviations
Selected Bibliography