Ivan Sergeevich Gagarin: The Search for Orthodox and Catholic Union

University of Notre Dame Pess
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Ivan Sergeevich Gagarin analyzes questions of nationality and religious identity in nineteenth-century Russian history as reflected in the life of Jesuit priest Ivan Gagarin. A descendent of one of Russia's most ancient and politically powerful families, Father Ivan Gagarin, S.J. (1814-1882) dedicated his life to creating a union between the Orthodox and Catholic churches that would preserve the dogmatic and traditional beliefs of both.
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Jeffrey Bruce Beshoner received his Ph.D. in Russian history from the University of Notre Dame. He is currently a member of the Third Order Regular of Saint Francis of Penance in the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. He resides in Washington, D.C., where he continues to pursue his interests in Russian religious thought and ecumenical history.

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University of Notre Dame Pess
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Published on
May 10, 2002
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Pages
334
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ISBN
9780268159085
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Religion / Christianity / Orthodox
Religion / Hinduism / General
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