The Russian Origins of the So-called Post-Secular Moment

Monday, 29 April 2013, 4:30pm - 6:00pm, IWM library
Religion never lost its social significance or made a complete retreat from the public sphere, but many modern states did make attempts to repress it, while many intellectuals and scholars, even in states where such attempts were highly limited, regarded religious reasoning in the public sphere as illegitimate. By the end of the 20th century, it had become clear that attempts to keep religious reasoning out of the public sphere were increasingly untenable. In his talk, Christopher Stroop will show that some of the origins of this so-called post-secular moment are Russian and that the story of “resurgent religion” in the historically Christian West, and particularly in the United States, is largely a Cold War story. That World War I and the Russian Revolution served as catalysts for ecumenical and interconfessional activity, and for the development of a more intellectually robust public Christian discourse is well established. Nevertheless, the role the anti-Bolshevik Russian emigration played in shaping these developments has been little explored.

Chris Stroop is Senior Lecturer at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.

With the kind support of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)