Russia reportedly sees its mission as restoring traditional values to the world, over against the “libertine West.” This is involving a new alliance between Vladimir Putin’s government and the Russian Orthodox Church. The immediate goal is to spread the ideal of “holy Russia” throughout Eurasia. So says Forbes contributor Paul Coyer, excerpted after the jump.
I’ve heard some conservatives praise Putin’s administration for its opposition to gay rights and other socially liberal movements. Can or should American Christians get behind the Russian effort? What would be the problems with that? I’m curious too to hear from American orthodox folks. I realize that not all Orthodox churches are Russian Orthodox. But are any of you in that tradition, and, if so, do you go along with “holy Russia”? Are any of you other Orthodox in favor of what Putin is trying to do? [Read more...]