The Devil in Technologies: Russian Orthodox Neoconservatism Versus Scientific and Technological Progress

One of the interesting aspects of Russian self-definition in opposition to the West is its attitude toward Western science. Russian distrust of scientific and technological progress in the West is an important force shaping contemporary Russian identity. This article touches on these issues in four...

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Published in:Zygon
Main Author: Składanowski, Marcin 1979-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2019]
In:Zygon
Year: 2019, Volume: 54, Issue: 1, Pages: 46-65
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Russisch-Orthodoxe Kirche / Conservatism / Scientific progress
Further subjects:B Russian neoconservatism
B theology and science
B Russian Orthodoxy
B anti-Occidentalism
B Russia and the West
B Christianity
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Summary:One of the interesting aspects of Russian self-definition in opposition to the West is its attitude toward Western science. Russian distrust of scientific and technological progress in the West is an important force shaping contemporary Russian identity. This article touches on these issues in four parts. The first section characterizes two main conservative circles that are active in today's disputes over the significance of scientific development for Russian identity. The second demonstrates certain Russian contemporary concerns related to scientific and technological progress, which will enable us to explain the position of the Russian Orthodox Church. The third section presents the political, religious, and identity context for the suspicion toward science expressed by Russian conservatives. The final section, on the other hand, discusses the way in which Russian Orthodox neoconservatism uses Orthodox anthropology to raise suspicion toward scientific and technological achievements.
ISSN:1467-9744
Contains:Enthalten in: Zygon
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1111/zygo.12484