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
The Demise of Communist Moral Education and the Hand of God
A Combustible Mixture: Evangelism, Ethics, and Politics
"Choosing My Morality": Changing from Communist to Christian Moral Education
The Results of the Quest: Christian Conversion
The Battle for Russia's Soul: Russian Orthodoxy and the CoMission
Orthodoxy's Crusade Against Protestants and Proselytism
A Concluding Evaluation
Appendices 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
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.
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