Protestants in the Tsarist Russia: Their Legal Status Cover Image

Протестанты в царской России и их правовой статус
Protestants in the Tsarist Russia: Their Legal Status

Author(s): Marzanna Kuczyńska
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, History, Modern Age, Theology and Religion, 16th Century, 17th Century, 18th Century, 19th Century
Published by: Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza
Keywords: Russia; Protestantism; Evangelical Lutheran Church; Baptism; legal status; religious privileges

Summary/Abstract: The paper briefly presents the history of Protestantism in Russia (16th–19th century) and the legalstatus of Protestant communities. An emphasis is placed on participation of the state and the individual tsars in increasing their number, as well as on the legal acts issued for them over the centuries. The article draws attention to the dependence of the right to freedom of religion, whichthey had in Russia, on their economic usefulness. It highlights the authorities’ interference in thefunctioning of Protestant Church as well as state protection of the prevailing faith – the OrthodoxChristianity – despite numerous religious and economic privileges granted to the Protestants.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 10
  • Page Range: 161-177
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Russian