East-West Church & Ministry Report
Vol. 2, No. 1, Winter 1994, Covering the Former Soviet Union and East Central Europe


God is Alive and Well in Russia:
Some Notes on a Survey of Religion

University of Chicago researcher Fr. Andrew Greeley has done the public a service by making available to a wider audience findings of a scientific nationwide survey of religious belief in Russia.  Since data were collected in 1991 from 2,964 Russians before the final collapse of communism, estimates on the extent of religious belief probably should be considered conservative.

Fascinating findings include the following:

Several reservations about the report should be noted. Author Andrew Greeley is a Roman Catholic priest, sociologist, and novelist.


For the full 35-page analysis, contact the National Opinion Research Center (NORC), University of Chicago, 1155 East 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637; tel:  312-753-7500; fax:  312-753-7886.

NORC advises, "Decisions on mailing copies will be determined on receipt of letters."  The Russian Center for Public Opinion Research (VCIOM), Moscow, under the direction of Dr. E. Petrenko, administered the Russian language self-completion questionnaire in 1991.  Findings are based on 2,964 Russian Republic respondents, aged 16 and over.  Two centers hold the raw data:  Zentralarchiv Fuer Empirische Sozialforsuchchung der Universitaet du Koln -- ZA --, Bachemer Str. 40, 50931 Koln, Germany; tel:  49-221-47694-45; fax:  49-221-47694-44; and the University of Michigan Consortium, Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research, Box 1248, Ann Arbor, MI 48106; tel:  313-764-2570; fax:  313-764-8041.  For a helpful summary of the Greeley report, see Michael Hirsley, "Religion in Favor with the Russians," Chicago Tribune, 17 December 1993, 2/10.


Andrew Greeley, "Some Notes on a Survey of Religion," East-West Church & Ministry Report, 2 (Winter 1994), 4.

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1994 Institute for East-West Christian Studies
ISSN 1069-5664


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