the reason I present this Taxonomy — to make sense out of non-sense.A simple historical classification system (below) accurately defines confused sub-groups of non-dukhobor Spiritual Christians, who, a century ago were told by Demens and Young in Los Angeles that they should all falsely claim to be "Molokans" in America no matter what or who they were in Russia, or became in America.Molokane have a central hierarchy (a bureaucracy), published contacts and content on the Internet, meetings, conventions, buildings, interfaith representation, and a long a history of publications in Russia.They are Bible-centered Christians in Russia, not Orthodox, who retain about 10% of Orthodox rituals.I have been researching the history of Spiritual Christians from Russia, my heritage, since entering college in the 1960s.
My summary findings at are updated as time permits.To hide a complicated, confusing and illegal history in Old Russia which misled descendants' understanding of their origins; confused many with the similar term malakan; and, it is an easy and safe, though incorrect, word to use in English. Only the one of the many is Spiritual Christian Molokan.——————————————————————————— Why should I care about this simple Taxonomy? To get a little education, just a little, so your vocabulary will be clearer to you, and others will know what you are talking about.Other Spiritual Christian (non-Orthodox, sectarian) groups with origins in Old Russia that resettled in North America (Adventisty, Baptisti, Dukhobortsy,** Evangeliki, Pyatidesyatniki, Shalaputi, Subbotniki, Svobodniki, etc.) are not the focus of this taxonomy, though they were all often called malakan as a group, or Molokan in error.Old Orthodox faiths (Old Ritualists, staroobryadtsy, Old Believers, staroverie) are raskolniki, not Spiritual Christians, and often confused with malakan.