For western observers of the conflict in Ukraine, Orthodox Christianity is almost as foreign of a concept as the world of Islam was in the early 2000s. No understanding of the conflict in Ukraine is complete without a firm grasp of the underlying religious rivalry between Ukraine and Russia, which goes back 800 years. In 2018, this rivalry reached a boiling point when the Orthodox Church of Ukraine split from the Russian Orthodox Church. This split has been described as the biggest fissure in Orthodox Christianity in centuries. Did this split precipitate Russia’s 2022 attack? Is Putin waging a holy war for the soul of Russia? We explore in this week’s episode.
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