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The Quest for Russia's Soul
Evangelicals and Moral Education in Post-Communist Russia

By Perry L. Glanzer

The Quest for Russia's Soul
Hardback, 256 pages $39.95
Published: 1st March 2002
ISBN: 9780918954817

Subjects: All Ethics , All Political Science, All Practical Theology, All Sociology

This account of the CoMission--a group of 83 Christian organizations formed to instruct Russian public school teachers in how to teach Christian ethics--provides unique insights both into postcommunist Russia and Western evangelical movements. Interviews with over 100 people intimately involved in Russian education, politics, and evangelism make the narrative's analysis thorough, accessible, and personal. The author's comprehensive research and first-person experience result in an informative, instructive, and compelling book.

Introduction: Out of the Communist Desert

Chapter One

The Demise of Communist Moral Education and the Hand of God

Chapter Two

A Combustible Mixture: Evangelism, Ethics, and Politics

Chapter Three

The CoMission

Chapter Four

"Choosing My Morality": Changing from Communist to Christian Moral Education

Chapter Five

The Results of the Quest: Christian Conversion

Chapter Six

The Battle for Russia's Soul:
Russian Orthodoxy and the CoMission

Chapter Seven

Orthodoxy's Crusade Against Protestants and Proselytism

Chapter Eight

A Concluding Evaluation


A. Methodology
B. CoMission Member Organizations
C. Protocol of Intention Between the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation and the Executive Committee of the Christian Social Project "The CoMission," USA
D. Opening Statement at International School Project Convocations


"Glanzer's original and path-breaking work successfully explicates the perspectives, as well as the strengths and weaknesses, of the major players in what came to be a troubled troika: The CoMission, the Russian education ministry, and the Russian Orthodox Church."

--Mark R. Elliott, Director of the Global Center, Beeson Divinity School, Stamford University

Perry L. Glanzer is Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Baylor University. A graduate of Rice University (B.A.) and Baylor University (M.A.), he received his Ph.D. in social ethics from the University of Southern California. Glanzer has also served as a visiting professor at Russian-American Christian University in Moscow.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 256 pages

 Baylor University Press

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