This book is the product of a three-day conference at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. It focuses on the tension between the expression of Christian beliefs and the legal restrictions imposed on professions of faith and the importance of Christian culture to perestroika.
Part One: Christianity and the Soviet State 1. Religion in the Soviet Union: Survival and Revival 2. The Contemporary Status of Religion in the USSR 3. The Legal Status of Religious Organizations and the Clergy in the USSR 4. Freedom of Religion: Moving Away from the Stalinist Legal Code 5. The Soviet State and Russian Protestants 6. Russian Orthodoxy Under Gorbachev Part Two: Christianity and Soviet Russian Culture 7. Maksim Gorky and the Decline of Bolshevik Theomachy 8. Soviet Man as Believer and Atheist: Alexander Zinoviev's Spiritual Stratum 9. Christian Patterns in Contemporary Soviet Prose 10. Christianity in Recent Soviet Films: The Case of Russophile Ideology 11. The Icon in Russian Art, Society and Culture 12. The Resurgence of Christianity and Russian-Jewish Relations 13. Challenge of the "Russian Idea": Rediscovering the Legacy of Russian Religious Philosophy