Drozdov S. “Against the Church, the Shaft Is Raised”: Actualization of the Narrative of Persecution among Conservative Baptist Congregations

Stepan Drozdov
Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences /
European University at St. Petersburg
Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation 
ORCID: 0000-0002-9505-9122 
E-mail: sdrozdov@eu.spb.ru 

   

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ABSTRACT. This article sheds light on the conservative Baptists’ perceptions of the state interference into the life of religious communities, and the related process of updating the narrative of persecution of the Church. Russia’s adoption of the legislative acts known as the Ozerov-Yarovaya package and regulating the activities of religious organizations in July 2016 actualized an older model of church-state relations among the communities affiliated with the International Union of Churches of Evangelical Baptist Christians (IUC ECB). This model was laid down during the formation of the movement, in which the fundamental rejection of the registration of communities is theologically reasoned. Based on interviews with members of the community, as well as messages from the Intercession Department of the IUC ECB, the article examines the logic and reasons behind the updating of the narrative of persecution, as they appear in the community’s ideas about the repressive nature of the state policy aimed, as the respondents believe, at obstructing their observance of the commandments.

 

KEYWORDS: Evangelical Baptist Christians, International Union of Evangelical Baptist Christian Churches (IUC ECB), state and church, religious policy

 

DOI 10.31250/2618-8619-2021-1(11)-156-172
УДК 316.74

 

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