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Development of Official Doctrine of the Religious Schism in the Russian Orthodox Church in the Works by V. N. Tatishchev

A. S. Madzharov

The paper deals with the development of the official doctrine of the religious schism in the Russian Orthodox Church in the works by V. N. Tatishchev. The author showed the way the Russian historian had developed the first “secular” doctrine of the religious schism in the Russian Orthodox Church using rationalism, enlightenment, and monarchism. Tatishchev did not think that reforms of Nikon had not changed faith. He condemned the Old Believers, he also disapproved of Protopope Avvakum and Nikita Pustosvyat and called them “cheats”, bearers of “Old Believers’ heresy” and “ordinary folks’” destroyers. In addition to that the historian criticized Patriarch Nikon for cruel treatment towards the fringe group. Tatishchev considered Old Belief against the background of other things happening in the world. Using comparative and historical method he was the first to analyze the history of the Old Believers beyond scholasticism, Russian framework and introduced it into the European content.

About the Authors

Madzharov Alexander Stanislavovich, Doctor of Sciences (History), Professor, Department of History of Russia, Irkutsk State University, 1, K. Marx st., Irkutsk, 664003, Russian Federation, tel.: 8(3952)243875, e-mail: massa49@yandex.ru

For citation

Madzharov A. S. Development of Official Doctrine of the Religious Schism in the Russian Orthodox Church in the Works by V. N. Tatishchev. The Bulletin of Irkutsk State University. Series Political Science and Religion Studies. 2019, vol. 27, pp. 67-76. https://doi.org/10.26516/2073-3380.2019.27.67 (in Russian)

historiography, V. N. Tatishchev, religious schism in the Russian Orthodox Church, theory, methodology, ideology, rationalism, monarchism, comparative historical method, priest and protective doctrine of the schism, official doctrine of the schism
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