Nabokov, metaphysician, holy terrorist, letters from the war
There is Holy Week, read our small selection of “The Passion of Christ”: 4 films, 4 books, 2 lectures.
In anticipation of Easter, two sermon lectures were posted: “If Christ has not risen, then your faith is vain (1 Cor 15:17)” by Archimandrite Iannuarius (Ivliev); "The Resurrection of Christ and the Easter joy in the life of a Christian," Archpriest Alexy Uminsky.
By Easter, our authors continue to lead us:
– Hegumen Siluan (Tumanov) on Palm Sunday: “In no case should we hope that without our cooperation with God everything will just get better in our lives”; about Mariinsky’s standing: “Well, haven’t we yet understood over these centuries that an act reaches people, and not just a spoken word. In the name of what and what you are doing, that’s what matters. ”
– Psychologists continue to comment on passionate thoughts for us: Archpriest Alexander Diaghilev about gluttony; Peter Dmitrievsky about fornication and anger. Marina Filonik about despondency and closed clergy and open laity: “Every now and then they heard me with varying degrees of distortion. For example, that I urge to shift the blame on others or justify sin. ” They also uploaded a lecture by M. Filonik “On Condemnation”.
– Nun Elizabeth (Senchukova) continues to share her spiritual Lenten diary: “Jerusalem, the golden city, why didn’t you understand your Tsar?”; "Was Mary of Egypt?"
– Daria Sivashnekova’s own cycle, to Holy Week – about the fig tree: “As long as God shakes us by the scruff, demanding fruit, we are alive. As soon as He lets go of his hand and agrees: live barren, death is inevitable ”; Palm Sunday: "Among the joyful choir, among those flying to heaven," He who is blessed is blessed in the name of the Lord "- silence, inner intense silence, listening to itself. The sacrament of today is the sacrament of death ”; about the anointing of Jesus with the world: “Today death is already close so that it can be felt – and is still unrecognizable, because it is felt fragrance. Today the day is inextricably linked with the terrible tomorrow – and before it is so deceptively calm, so quiet, so bright … so fragrant. "
– Anna Suvorova in her review talks about two sermons and one lecture on Palm Sunday, which helped her rediscover the meaning of this holiday.
– Vladimir Berkhin “God is also crying”: about Lazarus Saturday.
– Vladimir Shallar continues his cycle “Christianity and phallocracy”: this time he writes about homosexuality in antiquity, symbolic castration, etc. Timur Schukin continues to polemize with him: here is Schukin’s text and Shallar’s answer to it.
Books and articles
The collection of interviews, reviews and essays by Vladimir Nabokov that we posted on the writer's anniversary is a book as literary as beautiful as novels and short stories, and most importantly – a book giving us access to the philosophy of the great writer. Nabokov, of course, is not a Christian, is not religious (and it would seem vulgar to him that we are trying to put him in such a semantic line), but — let’s say carefully — a writer with special metaphysics. Metaphysics of joy, delight, inspiration. Behind a random, maybe ugly confluence of events, Nabokov sees a play of light, meaning, a second bottom, as if religious. Nabokov’s fear of ideological vulgarity, his chastity, even shyness in this regard led to the fact that he was often considered a “no-brainer” writer. In fact, he possessed a clean, complex worldview: atheist, materialist, in any case, he could not be called. Here are two quotes:
"The highest achievements of poetry, prose, painting, directing are characterized by irrationality and illogicality, the spirit of free will that clicks with rainbow fingers in front of the prim physiognomy of causality."
“The preservation of an individual secret in spite of the decay of the flesh is no longer just an optimistic conjecture and not even a question of religious faith, if we remember that immortality is excluded only by common sense. The creator writer – the creator in the special sense that I am trying to convey – certainly feels that, rejecting the world of evidence, taking the side of the irrational, illogical, inexplicable and fundamentally good, he does something in a draft way similar to the way in on a wide and appropriate scale, the spirit could act when its time comes. ”
The same logic with Nabokov’s poems. Nabokov, the poet, is less valued than Nabokov, the prose writer. But in Nabokov’s poetry he “allowed himself more”, in verses he is more “intimate”, he speaks his thoughts more directly than in prose. Of course, it would be strange to call Nabokov a religious poet, especially since he himself wrote that the “Byzantine imagery” of his early poems “was mistakenly perceived by some of the readers as my hobby for a religion that is of no interest to me except as a model for stylization, never imagined. " Nevertheless, this "Byzantine imagery" was, and some kind of metaphysics was always present in his poetry. Quote:
Going deeper into your key
I saw in the mirror, the world and myself,
and another, different, different.
Zhanna Sizova writes about the same thing – “Where to look for angels from Vladimir Nabokov. To the 120th birthday of the writer ”: why Nabokov mentioned God only in the early verses, and how he managed to capture the world of angels.
"The last week. Chronicle of the Last Days of Jesus in Jerusalem ”is a small book by two prominent modern biblical scholars Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. They talk about the last days of Jesus' life, the Passion of Christ, based on the gospel of Mark. The authors proceed from the hypothesis that the essence of the Good News is the onset of the Kingdom of God, the power of the Lord, that is, the establishment of non-violent justice that opposes violence and the injustice of this world.
“Letters from the War” is a collection of letters from Heinrich Böll from the fronts of World War II. Böll, who became a great Christian writer after the war, fought on the side of the Nazis in the war itself. These letters are the most valuable evidence: Böll is a Christian, and now he is fighting for the Nazis. Böll himself is not a Nazi, but he wished for Germany’s victory, he was against the war, but since “it is already going on” … In general, Böll's letters show us the thickest of historical contradictions with the Christian in the center.
Bishop Methodius (Kulman) is an outstanding pastor, preacher and philanthropist of the Russian diaspora: read the article about him, as well as his book.
According to Girard, human desire does not know what to desire. It copies (mimesis) the object of desire from another. Thus, a conflict arises between two desires who desire the same thing. Gradually, mimetism grows in general violence, which canalizes in the murder of an innocent victim. This murder pacifies the society, and therefore society enriches the victim. Such is the nature of all religions, such is the mechanics of all ever existing societies. The gospel exposes this mechanics, showing the innocence of the victim. From this perspective, Girard discusses modernity and violence and Shakespeare.
Hegumen Siluan (Tumanov) discusses the confession: “If confession is“ a bathhouse for the soul, ”and“ we need to confess as often as we wash ourselves, ”it means that the Virgin, the apostles and martyrs, many saints went all their lives “Dirty?”
Daria Kosintseva believes that the dispute about Church Slavonic is similar to the theater of the absurd.
Daria Kosintseva writes about the fire in Notre Dame: “The best, brightest reaction to the fire in the cathedral that I saw: Parisians pray together at the burning cathedral”; and Vladimir Shallar, who believes that the burnt cathedral is more authentic in our modern era.
"From the" liberal "coming to the" conservative "and vice versa" by Evgeny Novoseltsev: "The impasse in relations with God and the Church is felt more painfully and painfully than other crises: it encroaches on what is most dear to us."
The follow-up of Easter and throughout the whole Bright Week: the collection contains detailed marked texts in civil print (in modern Russian letters, with accents) of Easter and the entire week and notes of chants of everyday life of the Moscow tradition.
– “Living with the gospel. Comments on the Gospel of Matthew ”by Alexei Osipov.
– "Conversations on the Six Day" by Vasily the Great.
– “On the Bible and the Gospel” by Louis (Buje).
– Two books by St. Innocent of Kherson: “The Life of the Apostle Paul” and “Reading the Gospel Tales of the Circumstances of the Earthly Life of Jesus Christ, Before He Entered the Open Ministry for the Salvation of the Human Race”.
– Solovetsky paterik.
– Music: a literary and musical composition based on Chekhov's story “The Bishop” (music by V. Khodosh; cantata for reader and mixed choir a capella); a collection of children's Easter chants; “Rejoice, people” is Sarti's Easter work; XVIII international festival "Sovereign voice".
“You can live while you are giving yourself away”: about St. Ilya Fondaminsky. ” Svetlana Panich – about the Socialist-Revolutionary terrorist canonized by the Orthodox Church.
"How to steal in charity." How the charitable foundation is organized and how to recognize fraudsters, Vladimir Berkhin will tell.
“Christ and the Crowd: Carrying the Cross in European Art.” An open lecture by the poet, culturologist, associate professor of the RANEPA Mikhail Kukin is devoted to the analysis of the subject “Carrying the Cross” in painting of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
“The art of the revealed Mystery. The Annunciation in Religious Painting. " On the plot of the Annunciation – from the icons of the VI century. to contemporary art – says Archpriest Dimitri Sizonenko.
"On ritual impurity." Priest Alexy Volchkov explains where the idea of “ritual impurity” came from and suggests whether it can be interpreted differently in the light of the New Testament.
"Christians in the Middle East." Joseph Zaya. The first lecture of the cycle, which will focus on theology, ritual features, history and current situation of Christian churches and Christian communities in the Middle East.
Round table "Modern Biblical Studies and the Tradition of the Church". Can New Testament science be based, among other things, on Church Tradition?
Round table “Going to God Together: How the Community Life Works in the West”. Participants and friends of the Chemin Neuf (“New Way”), Fokolyari and Faith and Light communities talk about what life is in the community and how it can help communicate with God.
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