Considered “workers of the eleventh hour,” in so far as having been Christianized only at the end of the tenth century, Russians were considered for a long time deprived of originality. Yet they knew how to give themselves, through icons and the liturgy itself, an identity that today arouses a growing interest in the West.
The course does not aim to discover things entirely new, but to present in an original manner some perception of the Byzantine tradition, which show a surprising openness to foreign influences and spiritualities and a promising disposition to ecumenical dialogue.
I. Kologrivov, I Santi russi, Milano 1977;
T. Špidlík (ed.), I grandi mistici russi, Roma 1977; Id., L’Idea russa. Un’altra visione dell’uomo, Roma 1995;
G.P. Fedotov, The Russian Religious Mind, Cambridge 1946.