Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev on “Militant” Orthodoxy

Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk

The… danger is that of militant Orthodoxy, which would be a post-atheist counterpart of militant atheism. I mean an Orthodoxy that fights against Jews, against masons, against democracy, against Western culture, against enlightenment. This type of Orthodoxy is being preached even by some key members of the hierarchy, and it has many supporters within the Church. This kind of Orthodoxy, especially if it gains the support of the State, may force Russian atheism to withdraw temporarily to the catacombs. But Russian atheism will not be vanquished until the transfiguration of the soul and the need to live according to the Gospel, have become the only message of the Russian Orthodox Church.

* Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev

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