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11 Orthodoxy and the Politics of Emotion in the Case of “Brother Ioann” Churikov and His Followers, 1910–1914

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This chapter begins with an examination of the comprehensive denunciation of Brother Ioann Churikov written by the priest-monk Veniamin (Fedchenkov) of the Petersburg Spiritual Academy. It looks at the response of Churikov's followers to Fr Veniamin, and what it reveals about their understanding of the faith and clergy, their religious needs and expectations, and the nature of their relationship to Brother Ioann. The chapter considers why, even as both sides remained committed to the goal of bringing the trezvenniki into the fold of the Holy Mother Church, discussion and debate proved increasingly unproductive, leading not to reconciliation but rather to further polarization. Since true Orthodoxy was cultivated in the soul, not the mind, Veniamin observed, it was only a matter of time before Churikov's un-Orthodox spirit would eventually distort his thoughts and beliefs.

Keywords: Brother Ioann Churikov; Holy Mother Church; Orthodoxy; Petersburg Spiritual Academy; trezvenniki; Veniamin



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