But conference gives little credence to Scripture.

America and Russia are two trains on separate tracks going in opposite directions in terms of moral values, representatives from the two countries realized at a July conference in Moscow.

American theologian Carl F. H. Henry and Russian Orthodox priest Georgi Edelstein were two leading voices for religious values at the conference to discuss how high moral standards are relevant to a more stable and just society. Participants, however, were more willing to play the role of agnostic than spiritual seeker.

“Russia is at a crossroads and is open to new ideas and developments,” said Michael Matskovsky, director of the International Center for Human Rights, cosponsor of the event with World Vision’s Christian Resource Center (CRC). “At this point, determining the questions is more important than having all the answers.”

Peter Deyneka, Jr., of the U.S.-based Russian Ministries, said, “America is moving from a consensus of Judeo-Christian moral assumptions to an exclusion of those assumptions, and we are suffering the consequences.

“In the United States as in Russia, religious people agree on the need for spiritual and moral values. In Russia, unlike America, nonreligious people as well as religious people see the need for moral and spiritual renewal.”

Edelstein, an Orthodox priest, lambasted the Russian Orthodox Church’s patriarchy and its resistance to change, blaming it on the influence of Communist and KGB infiltration in the church.

“Repentance is our biggest need,” he said. “The beginning of moral revival and renewal will be our ability to repent of our past.”

A case for Scripture

Of the Russian participants, only Edelstein lobbied for a scripturally based morality. “There is only ...

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