II: THE ORTHODOX
REVIVAL IN RUSSIA AS AN INSPIRATION FOR AMERICAN ORTHODOXY
by Fr. Seraphim Rose
A talk given on September
1, 1980, at the University
of California, Santa Cruz, during the West Coast
Conference held in preparation for the one-thousandth
anniversary of the baptism of Russia.
IN CHOOSING such a topic, my intention is not in the least
"nationalistic" or "cultural." What is happening in Russia today is of
interest to us in America not specifically as something "Russian," but
as something that concerns the human soul, no matter what kind of blood
or cultural background a man might have. And we in America and the free
world in general have much to learn from what is happening to the human
soul in Russia today. This is true both because the situation of the
human soul in Russia and the West is really quite similar in basic
respects, because the same historical process is occurring there as
here; and because there are also basic differences in our situation,
and an awareness of these differences can help to strengthen us—and
specifically, to strengthen us in Christian faith.
I will speak first of the similarities.
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