The study of religiousness of Ekaterinburg archdiocese orthobelievers: from apostolic orthodoxy to post-secular eclectic

The study of religiousness of Ekaterinburg archdiocese orthobelievers:
from apostolic orthodoxy to post-secular eclectic

Grishaeva E.I.

Cand. Sci. (Philos.), Assist. Prof., Department of religious studies, Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg, Russia.

Farhitdinova O.M.

Cand. Sci. (Philos.), Assoc. Prof., Department of religious studies, Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg, Russia.

Shumkova V.А.

Assist. Prof., Department of religious studies, Urals Federal University, Ekaterinburg, Russia.

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Grishaeva E.I., Farhitdinova O.M., Shumkova V.А. The study of religiousness of Ekaterinburg archdiocese orthobelievers: from apostolic orthodoxy to post-secular eclectic. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2017. No 8. P. 106-117


Decreasing authority of religious institutions, religious individualism and pluralism influence the religiosity of contemporary believers. Believers can combine various Orthodox and non-Orthodox ideas and practices that fit individual values and lifestyles. We designate this phenomenon as eclectic religiosity: a combination of various non-Orthodox, spiritual and quasi-scientific ideas and practices specific for religious experience of some Orthobelievers. This paper presents the results of sociological survey among Orthobelievers of Sverdlovsk Oblast and shows the most widespread non-Orthodox practices. We conclude that the most influential factors, causing the spread of eclectic religiosity, are the age and the religiosity level. Depending on correlation between eclectic and Orthodox religiosity level we distinguished five groups of believers.

postsecular society; sociology of religion; Orthodox Christianity; Russian Orthodox Church; vernacular religion; religious pluralism; deinstitutionalization of religion; non-orthodox ideas and practices; eclectic religiosity; religiosity level


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