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Religion and Society in RussiaThe Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries$
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Paul Bushkovitch

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780195069464

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195069464.001.0001

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Saints and Miracles in Church Policy

Saints and Miracles in Church Policy

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(p.74) 4 Saints and Miracles in Church Policy
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Religion and Society in Russia
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Paul Bushkovitch

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195069464.003.0005

This chapter argues that the century after about 1550 was marked not only by silence or an ossified official religious culture, but by the explosion of miracle cults. These cults were not merely part of popular piety but also were part of elite religious experience as well. This review demonstrates that the number of officially recognized saints has been considerably inflated in the literature, and that important decisions that did recognize saints have been buried under a mass of highly dubious claims. It also demonstrates that Fedotov's decline of sanctity was even more extreme than he realized, misled as he was by the scholarly literature. Finally, it provides a framework regarding the policies of the church in the seventeenth century on sainthood and miracle cults.

Keywords:   miracle cults, Fedotov, sainthood, religious culture

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