Maybe. The Orthodox way and the way of Western Christianity were always different, even at the height of the Medieval Era. That said, the West has more and more become post-Christian and anti-Christian, whereas Russia underwent an aggresive anti-Christian revolution in the form of Communism and has turned back to its roots in recent years in response. Pat Buchanan writes a thoughtful column about Putin’s self-conscious contrast of Western Decadence and the more conservative, Orthodox-influenced values of contemporary Russia:
Crimea, said Putin, “is the location of ancient Khersones, where Prince Vladimir was baptized. His spiritual feat of adopting Orthodoxy predetermined the overall basis of the culture, civilization and human values that unite the peoples of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.”
Russia is a Christian country, Putin was saying.
This speech recalls last December’s address where the former KGB chief spoke of Russia as standing against a decadent West:
“Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values. Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation.”
Heard any Western leader, say, Barack Obama, talk like that lately?
Indicting the “Bolsheviks” who gave away Crimea to Ukraine, Putin declared, “May God judge them.”
What is going on here?