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The review deals with the problem of Orthodox fundamentalism in the discussion of English-speaking authors of different denominations, representatives of canonical and non-canonical Orthodox churches, which took place in theological discussions, in journalism and at scientific conferences mainly in recent years. The main materials are first introduced into the scientific circulation in Russian. The concepts of fundamentalism in Orthodoxy in the foreign press are presented; the definitions of Orthodox fundamentalism, the main theses of opponents and their argumentation are given. Frequently, the word “fundamentalism” in relation to Orthodoxy is used as a banal nickname for those opponents who have traditional or conservative beliefs, are prone to “ritualism”, shows intolerance and lack of readiness for dialogue, including ecumenical. However, since the beginning of the 21st century, theologians, priests and scholars have been trying to give a stricter definition of such fundamentalism as a phenomenon of the modern era, especially in its demise. It is primarily about the attitude to the works of the holy fathers of the Church. It is expressed, in particular, the opinion that the veneration of patristic writings, along with the resolutions of the Councils (which constitutes the Holy Tradition) should be revised. However, the concept of “Orthodox fundamentalism”, as follows from the given review, has not yet been formed. But one can speak of such signs of it, connected, in particular, with a wide exit to the public sphere of mass consciousness, as the striving to minimize theological provisions, absolutization of some provisions of dogma to the detriment of others, and the logos (modern) reading of the myth.

KeywordsOrthodoxy, fundamentalism, patristic, myth, logos, patristic fundamentalism, post-patristic theology

DOI: 10.22250/2072-8662.2019.2.23-35

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Anna M. Yakovleva – PhD (Philosophy), independent researcher; Associate Professor

at the Department of Philosophy of Timizyazev Agricultural Academy; senior lecturer

at the Department of Philosophy of All-Union State Institute of Cinematography; senior researcher

at State Institute of Art Studies; invited lecturer at the Institute of Translators of the University of Joensuu

(Savonlinna, Finland); editor of Culture Observatory journal, Russian State Library; Moscow, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Alexey V. Volobuev – PhD (Philosophy), Associate Professor, Assistant Professor

at the Department of Sociology, History and Philosophy of the Financial University

under the Government of the Russian Federation; Moscow; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.