Cover Osteuropa 9-10/2017

In Osteuropa 9-10/2017

Human dignity, freedom and rights
Comments on a key document of the Russian Orthodox Church

Dietmar Schon

Deutsche Fassung


With “The Russian Orthodox Church’s Basic Teaching on Human Dignity, Freedom and Rights”, the Orthodox Church is attempting to reposition itself in Russia. It presents itself as a witness to and counsel for human rights on the basis of Orthodox anthropology. With this theological teaching, the church formulates its aspiration to shape the legislative framework and society in Russia according to Orthodox ideas. However, in so doing, it underestimates the religious and social plurality of the Russian population, and Russia’s integration in the globalised world.

(Osteuropa 9-10/2017, pp. 191–204)