Old Believers in Russia
Published Online: 25 NOV 2011
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The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization
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Parsons, W. H. 2011. Old Believers in Russia. The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .
- Published Online: 25 NOV 2011
The Russian Orthodox believers who refused to accept the liturgical reforms of Patriarch Nikon carried out from 1652 to 1658 were called “Old Believers.” Nikon tried to bring Russian Orthodox practices in line with the Greek practices of that time. With the support of the Muscovite state, he declared the Russian practices erroneous and subject to suppression. This created a schism in the church, with hundreds of thousands of Old Believers rejecting the changes and being persecuted by the official church and the state.
- old believers, in Russia;
- refusing, liturgical reforms of patriarch nikon;
- old believers, and religious minorities;
- the old believers in Russia, similar to protestants in Europe