And finally, the collapse of a generally-accepted
ideology and the sense of dead-end that this brings has led, both in Russia
and the West, to a search for a way out in the form of religious belief.
This is the motive power behind the "religious revival" in Russia,
and also in the West. There is undoubtedly more interest in religion,
more conversions (both to Christianity and to non-Christian religions) both in Russia
and the free world than at any time in centuries. Of these conversions,
probably the majority in Russia
are to Orthodoxy; a much smaller but growing percentage in the West is
to the same Orthodoxy. It is this movement of religious revival that I
would now like to direct out attention toŚlooking first to Russia,
and then to how the experience of Russia
affects us in the West.
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