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PATRISTIC THEOLOGY

TA028 – Slavic Spirituality

R. CEMUS

Course Information

Professor: Richard Cemus, richard@pontificio-orientale.it

Schedule:  Thu. III-IV, 1st sem., 2 cr., 3 ECTS

Content

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.

Objective

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.

Bibliography

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.