The Experience of Holiness in Everyday Life

This work examines the English church and the Russian church during the seventeenth century, with special attention given to the period after the Civil War in England and the raskol’ in Russia [i.e., 1660-1700]. It argues that the logocentric religious identity overcame the iconographic perspective during the years 1660 to 1700, and that this development weakened the church during the modern period. This book contains two color photographs and fourteen black and white photographs.


“Between 1590 and 1740, the English church was the setting for such a shift, a conflict between religious perspectives that have been characterized by Stewart Dippel as “iconographic” and “logocentric”. The church in Russia — in its own, very different way— was grappling with remarkably similar issues during this era.
Dippel has crafted a clear exposition of some of the controversies of this period. He demonstrates broad familiarity with the relevant scholarship. He has made extensive use of primary source materials (particularly sermons) from the period. The quotations that he offers as supporting examples have been well-chosen.” – Stuart Steizer, Robson Library, University of the Ozarks

“Dippel’s book should be of vital interest to specialists in early modern religious history and those who recognize the significance of new perspectives on religion to an understanding of the general history of Europe and its interaction with Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Needless to say, Portugal, Spain, France, and England (later Britain) took religion with them overseas; Russia took it along on its landward expansion into Asia.” – Prof. Thomas M. Coakley, Miami University

"It is not often that one can describe an academic book as a 'page-turner', but I feel that this is precisely what the American historian, Stewart Dippel, provides us with with his latest book. In this highly readable and I dare say it, sometimes entertaining book. ... What Dippel offers us is the idea of interpreting the religious history of a period using a continuum which runs from what he terms as a logocentric theological world view to an iconographic one. In order to support his argument, he adduces evidence from the life and works of an impressive range of religious practitioners in England, particularly from the Anglican Church, and also, perhaps unexpectedly for the reader unfamiliar with his work, of some of their contemporaries in the Russian Orthodox Church." -Prof Christopher Joby, Webster University, Leiden