Best Books on Faith, Kataev's Prose, Mr. Judah
“Nikita Fedutinov died. The boy, who collected 29 million on an artificial heart, so that he could wait for the present. We bought him time, which was very expensive. He had surgery and his chest was closed, everything was going well, yesterday he was playing with his mother, and today he died. ” Anna Utkina
“I did not believe that Nikita would survive. At first did not believe. Rather, so. I did not believe that it would be possible to collect such a lot of money. And he did not believe that he would survive. My life experience suggested that God is cruel, in spite of everything I read and heard about Him. I knew from my own experience that God could not answer the mother’s prayer over the body of a dying child. ” Boris Mirza
We present you our new project: Orthodox priests, philologists, philosophers, historians, etc., talk about the best books about faith. While reading or watching the recommendations of the philologist Yanina Soldatkova and the philosopher Alexander Sekatsky, there will be many issues in general.
“Five books that explained to me that being a Christian is happiness” is a selection of books from the philosopher and patrologist Timur Schukin.
The conference, three lectures and one article about the “Game of Thrones”: psychology, religion, politics, ecology, ethics, etc. in the famous series.
"Who are you, Mr. Judas?" Alexander Sekatsky, Archpriest Dmitry Sizonenko.
The appearance of Judas described in the Gospels is paradoxical, and the debate about this man has not ceased for more than one millennium. The Gospel of John says: “I do not tell you more slaves, but friends,” are wonderful, inspiring words. But the only disciple whom Jesus personally refers to as a "friend" is Judas. At the time of arrest: "Friend do, for this you are here." There is such a hypothesis: Judas is wonderful, trustworthy, since he was entrusted with the box office and even the mission to betray Christ. Jesus wants to be put to death as soon as possible, and for this he chooses one of his disciples. Poor Judas, he had to do the dirty work. Some exegetes and Nikos Kazantzakis repeat this idea in the novel The Last Temptation of Christ. But logically, this is how we come to some sort of sadomasochistic friendship.
About the paradoxes-equivocations of friendship, about the connection between friendship and temptation, about the nature of betrayal, about predestination and freedom of choice, our conversation.
In the third lecture of the cycle about the new-martyrs of the Russian diaspora, we will talk in detail about an amazing and very bright person – Ivan Arkadyevich Lagovsky (1889-1941).
The teacher, not only by education, but by vocation, Lagovsky was one of those who can be called the soul of the Russian student Christian movement. His smiling face immediately catches your eye in photographs of congresses of the RSHD or children's summer camps. Secretary of the Movement and editor of the journal "Bulletin of the RSHD", he participated in the activities of the Religious Pedagogical Cabinet, taught at the St. Sergius Theological Institute. The main theme of his life was Russia and the position of the persecuted Church: he wrote articles about it and gave reports that gathered large audiences of interested listeners. In 1933 he moved with his family to Estonia, was secretary of the movement in the Baltic States. In 1940, after the Red Army entered the Baltic states, the NKVD was arrested in the case of “anti-Soviet activities of the RSKhD” in Estonia, courageously kept under interrogation, executed on July 3, 1941 in Leningrad, rehabilitated in 1990. The Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople was registered with the Orthodox Church on May 11 2012 as a martyr.
The lecture will be delivered by Natalya Vladimirovna Likvintseva, Ph.D., leading researcher at the House of Russian Abroad A. Solzhenitsyn.
Game of Thrones as a Black Square of Media Culture
The iron throne fell. Are viewers happy? During the eight years of the series, the inevitable happened: not only did we gaze at the TV-abyss, but the abyss began to look at us. What this led to, the professor of the department of Russian literature of the XX – XXI centuries will tell. Institute of Philology MPGU Yanina Soldatkina.
Why did the main battle of the last season unfold between the expectations of the audience and the cunning creators? What Shakespearean techniques and biblical images are played up in the series (and does all this have at least some meaning?)? Why does the “do not kill” principle somehow work strange in Westeros? And why are the principles for the Westerthans at all?
At the lecture, we recall the gallant Jaime Lannister and Ned Stark, the “great villains” Ramsey Snow and Queen Cersei, pay tribute to the heroic Theon Greyjoy and the mother of dragons Daenerys Targaryen. What did they die for and what did they and us surviving characters teach?
About all this, about the future of six plus kingdoms and about one (un) come true Kingdom will tell the professor of the department of Russian literature of the XX – XXI centuries. Institute of Philology MPGU Yanina Soldatkina.
First Orthodox Bible Forum in St. Petersburg
We invited experts in the field of biblical studies from St. Petersburg to share our experience in studying the Holy Scriptures.
The Bible is one of the most popular, most studied and still studied books in the world. It is translated into almost all languages. However, this book in our Orthodox environment is not given enough attention, it is little discussed, and does not have a sufficiently developed research apparatus in Russian biblical studies.
Why is studying scripture so important? Is there the only true way to interpret it? How to relate the realities of the Bible and modern life? What is the history of translating the Bible into Russian? What is the place of Scripture in the life of modern Christian communities and fraternities? These and many other questions will be discussed at this and subsequent biblical forums in our city.
The forum will be of interest to those who are interested in the Word of God, who are engaged in Bible study at a professional level, who attend Bible courses, lead biblical groups in parish communities.
Outstanding modern biblical scholar Vladimir Sorokin presents his book “The Commandments. The Way of Life, a book telling about the Ten Commandments, not as an “instruction”, but as a step-by-step path to God, a system for building spiritual life.
An excerpt from the new book by Archimandrite Andrei Konanos “Happiness is in your heart. How to love God, loving yourself ”:
“We need to understand that life consists of problems. They do not disappear anywhere, and another appears on the spot. The problems don't end. Yes, and we all worry about something, it is an indisputable fact. And what should we do? Nothing. Learning to live with all this, thanks to God and each moment rejoicing in His gifts. ”
We posted a huge audio version of the prayer book in the Russian translation: the prayer book itself; Sunday service for those who cannot be in the temple; canons.
The collection of Valentin Kataev’s later things (texts and audio versions) is his memoir, fragmentary, lyrical and philosophical prose: “The Holy Well”, “The Grass of Oblivion”, “My Diamond Crown”, “Broken Life, or the Magic Horn of Oberon”. The modern Russian philosopher Alexander Sekatsky recommended this prose to the “Traditions.ru” audience in the following words:
“I would like to single out, oddly enough, Valentin Kataev’s memoir prose, in particular,“ The Holy Well ”. I don’t know with what intuition or deviation, but in this small text amazing words are said about how paradise could be arranged. I think one can agree with some of them. " Quote:
“Wavy ash extended in all directions to the desert horizon. And beyond the horizon stretched the same emptiness and so on and so forth to infinity, and then after infinity, and from the colorless – and, in general, no longer existing – sky, strange, invisible and imperceptible matter poured in, some kind of product decay. Our clothes and our hair also turned into nothing and fell with imperceptible particles of dry fog, and we slowly and painlessly, unwinding, like a ball of wool eaten by moth, began to unwind, unwind, unwind, turning into nothing.
We were not at all scared, but only infinitely sad. "
The "Source of Artistic Creation" by Martin Heidegger is one of the main works of one of the main philosophers in world history. The modern Russian philosopher Alexander Sekatsky advised this work for the users of Predanya.ru in the following words:
"This thing is not canonical, but it seems to me that for a concerned soul it would be very important to read this Heidegger text and understand how you can think about things."
“On poets and poetry. Holderlin. Rilke. Trakl ”- three articles by Heidegger:“ Holderlin and the essence of poetry ”,“ Do we need poets? ”,“ The language of the poem ”. One of the main philosophers in world history provides an exemplary interpretation of poetry. But not only this is remarkable for these texts, especially “Do we need poets?”. This is a fundamentally important text for understanding religious and at the same time social philosophy of Heidegger.
The modern era, according to Heidegger, is a world night, where the old gods left and the new ones did not come. The Day of the Gods ended in the evening of Christ, but now there is no Christ (that is, Christ launched the process of deification). World night, the time of poverty and wretchedness is characterized by staged: technology, production and consumer process, goods, total state, market, scientific discourse, excluding reverence, poetry, etc. In other words, what appears at the metaphysical level as a world night of godlessness, on the empirical level appears to be capitalism. It is important that our existential poverty is the poverty of not only the departed gods, but also the poverty of the god who has not yet come. World night is our destiny, the fate of being itself, where a “turn” is possible (a new god, finding life, overcoming capitalism): a turn overcoming both the world night of godlessness and the set.
The Flood (text and audio version) is a historical novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz. The story of the invasion of the Swedes in the Commonwealth. One of the central events is the defense of the Yasnogorsk Monastery, where the Czestochowa icon of the Mother of God, revered by the Poles, is kept. Philologist Yanina Soldatkina talked about Senkevich's “flood”:
“Of the most beloved and unexpected, is Henryk Sienkiewicz, the novel“ The Flood ”, which I read as an adult. On the one hand, there was a feeling that a man after Tolstoy wrote such things, but on the other hand: this is the impression of a sinful soul that is looking for the path to God, searching for answers to the most terrible questions. This impression remained forever and still with me. Then I watched Jerzy Hoffmann's film The Flood. Strange, the film is still from the Soviet era, but also very inspired. One of the last scenes there is the reading of the gospel in the church. ”
"De Profundis" – "confession" of the classic of English literature Oscar Wilde, written by him in prison. Here Wilde turns to Christ a lot. Philosopher Timur Schukin, recommending this work to the Predanya.ru audience, writes:
“Seeing at the beginning of a literary work the first words of the 129th psalm, we must ask:“ What vulgarity? There is nothing more beaten than a biblical quote in the title. ” And the truth is, this title was common at the time, and it got to “horror movies”: Arthur Conan Doyle called his story about the appearance of the deceased husband’s wife to his wife. But Wilde's book deserves a title, because it is a rare case – a story of a sincerely repentant man, crushed by the circumstances, by everyone. This is the “case” of the prophet David. Victorian aristocrat Christianity – lazy, inactive, rather contemplative. It admires the sacrifice of Christ, a boy who climbed into the garden of a giant egoist, or a stone prince, who gave his diamond eyes, but does not know how to suffer for another, does not know how to give. Hence the estheticized vice, if not real, then existential alienation from the neighbor and God. The prison does not fix very few people, few people are able to take spiritual benefit from the experience of ostracism. Among such people are the prophet David and Oscar Wilde. The classic of literary modernity is confined to those in a dull English prison, that by reading the Gospel and meditating on Christ. There is a lot of nonsense in these thoughts, but there is also a recognition of the exceptionality and irreplaceability of Christ, who acts and moves even the unstable Victorian soul to action: “The prison system is absolutely, blatantly unfair. I would give everything in the world to change it when I get out of here. I intend to try to do this. But there is nothing in the world so unrighteous that the spirit of Humanity, that is, the spirit of Love, the spirit of Christ living outside temples, could not be corrected, if not to the end, but at least so that the injustice could be torn down without being hardened heart. "
“Roman Catacombs and Monuments of Primary Christian Art” – a four-volume study by von Friecken on the art of early Christians: Roman catacombs, Inscriptions and symbolic images, Image of the Savior, Our Lady and Apostles among the first Christians, Painting and plastic by the first Christians.
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