Lenin and the Church
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The paper discusses how Lenin and the Bolsheviks produced two directly opposed effects for the Orthodox Church. The paper explains how they caused the destruction of the Church, as a consequence of prohibitions and the imprisonment and murders of many thousands of religious people, but they also unintentionally caused the Orthodox Church to grow and flourish. The paper shows how every strategy that was used by the Communists backfired; with their oppression, they ultimately caused the renewal of the Church.
From the Paper:"Lenin and the Bolsheviks produced two directly opposed effects for the Orthodox Church. The first was destructive, as a consequence of prohibitions and the imprisonment and murders of many thousands of religious people and laity. The second was the same unintended effect that had been produced by the persecution of the early Christians. Lenin and the Bolsheviks paradoxically caused to Orthodox Church to grow and flourish. Increased unity, along with heroism and greater fervor characterized the Church. Although what was done to the Church caused great hardship both for the faithful and for those who finally relinquished their faith, in a very real sense the Church was made more vibrant.
"The relationship between Church and state was initially fully exemplified by Patriarch Tikhon and his uncompromising attitude toward the Bolsheviks in 1918. "And despite this known danger to his safety, Tikhon, in October 1918...was the only person who dared to pen a declaration, the strongest of anything that he has hitherto written against Bolshevism" (Spinka 20). At that time, he decided to excommunicate those who acted as the enemies of the Church. Tikhon was arrested and kept in prison for a year, during which time he was brainwashed. After his arrest, the archdioceses became basically autonomous both within the Soviet Union and outside it."
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