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The Relations between the Episcopate and Authorities in the Soviet Union in 1948-1958 by the example of Metropolitan Veniamin (Fedchenkov)

In the Soviet Union the relations between the diocesan Bishop and the civil authorities were regulated via the Сommissioner of the Council for the Russian Orthodox Church Affairs. We can observe the development of these relations by the example of Metropolitan Veniamin (Fedchenkov) who consistently headed three Bishop’s Offices in the USSR in 1948 – 1958. In more detail October, 13
October, 6
This paper represents an attempt to reopen the pending file of Christian division. Salient to this paper is the idea that it is the process of the Trinitarian differentiation between West and Orient that created the hiatus grown ever more apparent to date. It started seemingly at the time of Augustine and culminated in the experience of the ultimate alienation of Christian creed at the time of Gregory Palamas when Westerners and Orientals propounded distinctive creeds contravening each other. It is up to debate whether holding onto doctrines or rather leveling any dogmatic distinction should allow the modern Christians to make a headway into the world of Christian unity. One thing is clear—the Christian identity seems to be on the verge of extinguishing if faith is blunted with doubts, uncertainties and contradictions.

September, 2
The article of Pavel Gusterin is dedicated to analysis of orthodox interchurch relations in XVI–XVII centuries

October, 31
The life-affirming Biblical concept of death permeates almost the entire theological heritage of the Church, from the early Christian writings up until the present time. Priest Vladimir Bashkirov, Doctor of Theology, Professor at the Minsk Theological Academy and head of the Theology Department of the Belorussian State University Institute of Theology, provides examples of this drawing on a wide range of biblical and patristic sources.

Jule, 11
Metropolitan Kallistos addresses the question of whether there are parallels between the hesychastic method of prayer and other apparently similar techniques of prayer in Hinduism and Islam. Looking at the origins of hesychasm and the teachings of figures such as St Gregory Palamas, St Gregory of Sinai and Nikiphoros the Hesychast, Metropolitan Kallistos addresses the question: is the Jesus Prayer an essential and authentically Christian practice, or is it unnecessary and perhaps even harmful?

Jule, 10
In this article Dr Brandon Gallaher describes the major elements of an Orthodox theology of time, with particular reference to the theology of Fr Alexander Schmemann and St Gregory of Nyssa. Dr Gallaher asks what we mean by time in relation to creation and to God; what the nature of time is as experienced by us as fallen beings, as 'growth unto death'; and how time can be experienced as renewal, as 'growth unto life in Jesus Christ', referring in particular to the concept of the liturgical Eighth Day.

November, 21
In his book, ‘Ways of Russian Theology’, Fr. Georges Florovsky wrote of Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow, ‘He had practically no direct disciples, nor did he create a school; he created something more important: a spiritual movement.’ In this article Alison Ruth Kolosova examines the life and work of one of Metropolitan Philaret’s lesser known spiritual disciples, Fr Viktor Vishnevskii, missionary and philologist in Chuvashia in the mid-19th century, who both greatly contributed to the development of the Chuvash written language, and prepared the way for later Russian Orthodox missions among non-Russian peoples.

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