Anime, psychologist about thoughts, poetic translation of the Penitent Canon
Meet the news of our Lenten projects:
“We began to upload our series of videos“ Seven passionate thoughts: a psychologist's view ”: while they posted the video of Pyotr Dmitrievsky about pride.
– Hegumen Siluan (Tumanov) continues to lead us through Lent in his videos: "The triumph of Orthodoxy: when we understand that we are citizens of the earthly Fatherland and citizens of Heavenly Jerusalem, and this is the main achievement of Holy and Great Lent."
– Nun Evgenia (Senchukova) – who by the way the other day became a nun Elizabeth – shares with us her great Lenten spiritual diary: for example, in one text: “Before each Lent, many believers“ break the pipe ”. Now in social networks, then in temples you constantly hear someone's cry of the soul: “Why ask for forgiveness on the calendar ?! Why for the tenth time re-read the difficultly woven penitential words of the ancient saint ?! Does changing the diet really help spiritual life ?! ”And so on and so forth”; but in another: “Last Sunday, we recalled the victory of icon veneration over iconoclasm, in the future – St. Gregory Palamu, the author of the last fundamental theological concept – about the distinction between essence and energy in God. Why did Lent have such an interest in some kind of high-minded theology? Let's try to reason. ”
– They posted the second text from the cycle “Christianity and Phallocracy,” where we are building a system of Christian Marxism in order to understand how the idea of Christian love was realized in history.
– Vladimir Berkhin wrote two texts: about Divine injustice (our little good deeds are “paid” by the Lord with eternal bliss) and about the main icon – man, the image of God.
– They laid out a magnificent poetic arrangement of the Penitent Canon – one of the best contemporary poets of Boris Kherson. They also posted three Russian translations of the Canon by Metropolitan Jonathan (Eletsky) and the voice acting of the modern Russian translation of the Canon.
– “Consolidation, delicacy, gluttony: teaching of the desert fathers about food and fasting (based on the texts of Evagrius of Pontius)” Gabriel (Bunge) is a wonderful, intelligible, but deep book about the Christian attitude to food. This book is especially valuable in that it describes the patristic teaching on food in the context of modernity: the bulimia epidemic became a clue for the author:
“This vice is indulged in solitude, and it does not bring real satisfaction. Numerous confessions indicate that the one who surrenders to him, first systematically procures everything he needs, then carefully closes himself, curtains the windows and begins to eat, so that now, in complete solitude, fill his throat literally to the brim. And to all that can be found in the refrigerator and can give pleasure, up to canned food. This is accompanied by an exquisitely thought out sequence of dishes, as a result of which the absorbed food becomes completely indigestible. The picture is regrettable: in the end, everything ends with nausea and vomiting, hysterical crying and complete despair. There is a mental and physical breakdown. ”
Other books and texts
"Christianity. The Present ”is a collection of articles by the famous Orthodox biblical scholar and publicist Andrei Desnitsky. The unifying theme of these different articles: what is being a Christian in Russia of the 21st century? – the election of the clergy, what is expected of the Church, Stalinism, the cult of Victory, ap. Paul is about power, confession and guilt, do we need the Reformation and much more.
“The History of Ancient Aesthetics” – Losev’s grand eight-volume study of ancient culture. A brilliant book that goes far beyond the research of Antiquity (although in this, of course, it is an absolute classic): how to study culture and history in general? by what laws does it develop? In addition to the History of Ancient Aesthetics, we have placed here a number of Losev's other works on Antiquity and aesthetics, and also several audio versions of his books.
We especially note the last, final volume of the grandiose Losev's research. It is dedicated to two tasks. First: to describe the last stage of ancient thought, namely its transition to medieval thought, the demolition of Antiquity and the formation of a completely new aesthetic – Christian. Such are already quite Christian directions: the patristics of the East and West and the “transitional”, “synthetic” forms: Chaldeism, Hermeticism, Gnosticism. Losev read Antiquity as a differently developed intuition of the body. Christianity, according to Losev, comes from a radically different intuition – personality. The last volume of the IAE is devoted to the replacement of the old intuition of the body with a new intuition of the personality: “The whole history of the trinitarian question during the first four centuries (…) comes down to the struggle of the ancient and medieval worldviews and gives a huge number of examples of the most diverse interweaving of both of these worldviews. Antiquity is the principle of a thing, body, nature, and, in the end, the material-cosmic cosmos, while Christianity is the principle of personality, society, history, or, more specifically, the creation of cosmos by a supercosmic person, the general fall and original sin and salvation a sinful world with the help of again a purely personal God-manhood. This interweaving of nature and personality is precisely the whole history of the trinitarian issue in the first four centuries of a new era. ”
The second task of the eighth volume is to summarize the whole “epic” in general, in this sense the “Results” can be considered something like an abstract of the IAE, all the main “plots” are here (but even when solving this second problem, Losev never ceases to have in mind Christianity). The final formulations are given, an integral picture of the ancient aesthetics as such, the system of its categories both briefly in its history and in the essence of the matter is constructed (here the definition is also given: “ancient aesthetics and ancient philosophy are one and the same”). Antique aesthetics is a vision of the world as a body, or a little wider – as a theatrical production. Among other things, Losev here gives his “Marxist” interpretation of Antiquity (someone joked that Losev is the only sincere Soviet Marxist), which reduces to the formula of “slavery as the leading principle of ancient thinking”, which implies that ancient space is not only the body and the totality bodies, arranged as a theater, but also a slaveholding policy, an eternal concentration camp of masters and slaves (this policy also crushed Christianity, whence the tendency to transformations, reforms and revolutions characteristic of the Christian world, the transformative character p European philosophy, and, among other things – machinery and capital).
"Name. Selected Works, Translations, Conversations, Studies, Archival Materials ”- a collection of articles, perhaps of the greatest Orthodox philosopher of the 20th century. Alexei Losev, dedicated to the philosophy and theology of the Name, and the name-worship. Here Losev even appears not so much as a philosopher, but as a theologian. In addition to Losev’s articles, his translations of Kallista Kathafagiot, Dionysius Areopagitus, Mark of Ephesus, as well as materials about Losev and his philosophy are also located here.
“The history of socialism. The forerunners of the newest Socialism ”is a book by Karl Kautsky, an outstanding Marxist and figure in German and world social democracy. In fact – the history of Christian socialism: early Christian communism, monastic communism, socialist ideas of the Holy Fathers, numerous Christian socialist movements of the Middle Ages up to Thomas More, the Peasant War in Germany, the English Revolution.
“Kingdom and Glory. Toward a Theological Genealogy of Economics and Management ”is a book by the outstanding contemporary philosopher Giorgio Agamben, which shows how those theories that govern the politics and economics of the modern world were formulated in the theology of the Church. The scriptures of the fathers as a source of modernity.
They collected seven very different, but extremely interesting films about Japan.
The resonance was triggered by an article by Alexander Korolev, where according to the Bible he proves that not Satan is the cause of the fall of people, but, on the contrary, Satan is the result of their fall. Vadim Olenin explains why Korolev is wrong.
Grigory Sheyanov shares a personal story about how to burn and not burn out: “Why does a person hiccup? Why squeals when stepping on a corn? But the atheist hiccups and squeals thoughtlessly, and the Christian brings a theological basis for each action. As if an appeal to Christ and the gospel could give its little unnecessary truth universal significance. Then the screech becomes more appropriate, and perhaps the pain is quieter. ”
S. Bystrushkin asks the question “What does God look at our theater?”.
"Anime, Christianity, and Modern Teens." Japanese scientist Anastasia Borisova and culturologist Oksana Kuropatkina – on the meaning and significance of anime in modern culture and in the eyes of adolescents.
"Shakespeare Theater: Biblical motifs and other entertainment for the most respected public." Everything that was not told about Shakespeare at school will be discussed by the doctor of philological sciences, professor of the department of Russian literature of the XX – XXI centuries. Moscow State Pedagogical University Ioannina Soldatkina.
Philologist and philosopher Marina Mikhailova gave two lectures for us: “I taught women to talk”: what Akhmatova told about ”and“ Personality, being, God in Mandelstam’s poetry ”. Also posted her course on the poems of Nikolai Gumilyov.
"From the ancient idea of happiness to the Christian idea of salvation." The next conversation between the philosopher Alexander Sekatsky and the priest Dionisy Harin is about how the Christian idea of saving the soul relates to the principle of happiness.
"Second Adam": Representations of Man in Biblical and Ancient Middle Eastern Cultures. " Olga Astapova. Religious ideas about man and his mission among the ancient peoples of the Middle East and the Mediterranean: how do these Today relate to biblical tradition?
“The Cross as Judgment and Salvation.” Archpriest Dimitri Sizonenko will discuss what “bear your cross” means in the light of the Resurrection, and what the language of Christian symbols says in ancient iconography.
What is resentment and its components? What is forgiveness and why is it difficult for us to forgive – the psychologist Marina Filonik answers these questions in his lecture.
"Religious and mystical experience and the problems of its symbolization." Natalya Busygina. In the lecture we will turn to some philosophical and psychological studies of religious and mystical experience. Two of our past lectures were decrypted: “Gold in the Temple: Interferes or Helps” by F. Davydov and “The Secret Depths of the Fast” by Archpriest D. Sizonenko.
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