Monday, January 28, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
According to the patriarch, the subject is to be taught within the “spiritual and moral education” educational component, says RIA Novosti. The decision to introduce religious education in shools was made at a conference in the city if Kaluga held at the initiative of the Ministry of Education. Alexy II emphasised that those practicing other religions should be taught respective subjects while atheists should study the Basics of Moral Ethis course. The Russian Ministry of Education has so far made no comments on the Russian Orthodox Church leader’s statement.
Statements made by some scientists remind that Russia is a secular state that provides freedom of faith. According to them, a course on the history of the world’s religions would be enough to introduce shool students to religion.
Monday, January 14, 2008
"Many art historians and scholars have described the sublime icon of the Holy Trinity by St Andrei Rublev, but nothing equals this detailed and comprehensive theological explanation by Benedectine monk Gabriel Bunge. In this inspired and utterly sober work, Fr Gabriel aims to make the icon's timeless message accessible to the contemporary praying believer.
The author understands precisely that Russian iconographic art, much more than the Romanesque and Gothic sacred art of the West, represents a theological confession of faith. Icon painters were conscious of this responsibility, and the monk-painters who learned their Orthodox faith through the prayer of the Hours and the Divine Liturgy, through the familiar texts of the hymns and the Gospel readings, reflected the revelation of God in their art. Fr Gabriel, completely attuned to this method of inspiration, upholds the palladium - the sign and meaning of Holy Russia - in this work, and reverently expounds upon the awesome utterance by Pavel Florensky: "There exists the icon of the Trinity by St Andrei Rublev; therefore, God exists."
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Friday, January 11, 2008
Visit the new Dumbarton Oaks online Byzantine Hagiography Database at:
"Hagiography was one of the most important genres of Byzantine literature, both in terms of
quantity of written material and the wide audience that read or listened to these texts. The Dumbarton
Oaks Hagiography Database Project is designed to provide Byzantinists and other medievalists with
new opportunities of access to this important and underutilized corpus of Greek texts. Included in the
database is information from the Greek vitae and martyria of one hundred and nineteen saints of the
8th-10th c., accounts of the translations of their relics, and collections of miracles, as well as notices
from the Synaxarion of Constantinople (a 10th-century liturgical collection of brief hagiographical notices). The project provides a subject index (the database proper) on many aspects of Byzantine civilization, from everyday life to liturgical vessels to toponyms." © 1998 Dumbarton Oaks