Russian sociologist: society shows serious growth of confidence in Church for last 15 years
31 October 2006, 15:35
Russian sociologist: society shows serious growth of confidence in Church
for last 15 years
Moscow, October 31, Interfax The Church is ranked third in the hierarchy
of confidence among the Russians (confident are 60%) after the president
and the army, says Mikhail Tarusin, head of the sociology section of the
Institute of Public Projection.
In principle, it is the same triad God, Tsar and Fatherland only
transferred to todays Russian soil, the sociologist writes in an article
published in the November issue of the Foma magazine.
Speaking about the level of the populations confidence in the Church, he
recalled that only 15 years ago the country was officially considered to be
atheistic. But while about 35% of the population claimed to be atheists at
that time, today this figure is over two times as less, which is less than 15%.
In traditionally Islamic regions, the expert continued, those who claim to
be Orthodox Christians do it most often for ethnographic, cultural and
historical reasons. Only some 15% of those polled can be described as
people initiated in the Church as they come to church and participate in
sacraments once a month or more often. At the same time, he recalled that
such people comprised only 4% of the population in the late 1980s and 6% in
the later 1990s.
Referring to the age profile of Orthodox Christians, Tarusin noted that
while the overage age of the faithful was 62-62 in the mid-1980s, today it
is about 44-45, as a poll that did not embraced children has shown, the
The church-initiated Orthodox faithful among the middle class, make up
about 11-12%, he estimated.