The Problem of Marriage Stability in Modern Russia: Theological and Sociological Analysis

DOI: 10.33917/es-1.193.2024.100-107

The article examines the problem of sustainability of marriage unions in modern Russia. The author reviews the opinions of Orthodox theologians and sociologists on the causes of this phenomenon and identifies two main concepts: the crisis concept and the progressive one. It is argued that the common underlying cause of family destabilization is weakening of faith in the Triune God, manifested in selfishness, fornication, distorted ideas about gender equality, disorderly parental intervention and excessive concern with economic issues. As a conclusion, it is proposed to further develop Orthodoxy’s efforts to affirm the unsurpassed valu of marriage according to “once for a lifetime” formula and to reveal its deep relationship with the teaching of the Church.


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