St. Tikhon’s University Review. Series I: Theology. Philosophy. Religious Studies
St. Tikhon’s University Review I :6 (62)


Litvin Tat'jana
DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturI201562.9-22
In the paper, the eschatological perspective of Paul’s First Epistle to the Thessalonians is considered. As tasks the following aspects are analyzed: fi rstly, the question of the resurrection (4. 13–18), secondly, features in the description of stylistics of expectations of the second coming (5. 1–11), the third — a possible interpretation of the term «kairos» (5. 1) and the fourth, the interpretation of the phenomenology of the 20th century for the concept of «parousia» in this letter. The hypothesis of our analysis is that the doctrine of the «parousia» can be considered as an idea with a special experience, the presence of God in the co-present, which does not contradict to the idea of waiting of his future coming event.
рarousia, Paul’s First Epistle to the Thessalonians, kairos, eschatology, phenomenology of time

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Litvin Tat'jana

Ohme Heinz
DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturI201562.23-34
The author examines the work of two German Protestant researchers who were active at the cusp of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Both were able to make a noticeable contribution to the field of Orthodox Christian studies. In spite of the fact that many Protestants viewed Eastern Orthodoxy as an almost pagan religion or as one hopelessly outdated and benighted, they were able to overcome these prejudices and study Orthodoxy from within through direct contact with Orthodox Christians themselves. Karl Beth travelled extensively around the Eastern Mediterranean and saw with his own eyes the lives of Orthodox Christians lived in conformity with the Gospel message reflecomparative rcted in their participation in the rites of the sacred liturgy. Karl Holl studied Russian Orthodoxy in depth through his reading of the Russian classics in the original language and their deeply religious thematic. This experience enabled both of these men to overcome the prejudices then rampant among German Protestants in regard to Eastern Orthodox Christians.
Karl Beth, Karl Holl, comparative religious studies, Eastern Christianity, Orthodoxy, Orthodox Liturgy. Orthodox Theology, religious experience, Russian culture, spirituality, Eucharist, religious syncretism

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Chaginsky Andrei
DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturI201562.37-52
The problem of the myth is not something new to Russian thought of 20 century — the main approaches to its solution were developed in the 40s of the 19 century — so the research in the field of myth was based not only on the works of European thinkers, but also on the national tradition formed by that time. In particular, the article is centered on the approaches to understanding the myth developed in the Moscow intellectual milieu in the 20-ies of 20 century. The starting point of the study is the Vyacheslav Ivanov’s concept of myth, who developed the ideas of late Schelling’s works. The works of philosophers, who collaborated and communicated with V. Ivanov in Moscow until 1922 — Frank, Shestov, Florensky, Vysheslavtsev, Bulgakov, Losev, Berdyaev — are also studied. In the course of consideration of these theories the article focuses on the specifi c characteristics of the myth, as well as relations «myth — mythologeme — meaning» and «myth — symbol» uncovered by each thinker. In particular, an original A. F. Losev’s theory of the myth — miracle is studied, as it not only includes the elements of an earlier concepts, but also elevate the problem of the myth to a new level. The spectrum of actual at the time solutions to the problem of myth, thus obtained, allows to take a fresh look not only at the role of works by A. F. Losev in the Russian thought, but on the Russian religious philosophy of the beginning of the 20 century as a whole.
symbol, myth, mythology, religion, miracle, Russian philosophy.

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Chaginsky Andrei


Razdyakonov Vladislav
DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturI201562.55-69
The unpublished diary (around 1800 pages) by a prominent Russian spiritualist Maria Petrovna Saburova sheds light on social, psychological and ideological contexts and implications of spiritualist practice. The article analyses social relations in Saburova’s family and defines spiritualists’ practice as a sort of family crisis therapy. In Russia spiritualist theology, mostly implemented from the western spiritualist literature, contributed to women emancipation, but it wasn’t radical and used to rely on traditional patterns of social, in particular, masculine authority. Saburova’s cosmology highlights spiritualists’ critical attitude towards current social order and proposes a new spiritual bureaucracy as an ideal of possible social relations. Though in Russia as in the West authority of spirits used to be a foundation for spiritualists’ social and spiritual individualism, which led to social and gender emancipation, still, spiritualists activity took conservative stance: spiritualists followed spiritual patterns and believed that spiritual world was the only place for complete human liberation. Spiritualists used modernist discourse, talking about human emancipation from cultural and social authorities, but their both critical and positive propositions appealed to spiritual authority. Thus spiritualists’ rhetoric blended conservative authority and modern emancipation.
Russia, Social History, History of Religion, Aristocracy, XIX century, Modern Spiritualism, Gender, M. P. Saburova.

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Razdyakonov Vladislav

Vorontsova Elena
DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturI201562.70-80
In this article we discuss the role of the family and the community in translation of religious knowledge. We focused on the local tradition of different groups of old believers in Vjatka region. We demonstrate the high vitality of Old Believer’s communities in the transformation of the world. From our point of view, a huge role here plays samples and ways of transfer of religious knowledge. We conventionally divide Old Believer’s community into three circles: core, inner circle, periphery. We highlight the following key factors: the role of an example of the believers for relatives, participation and environment in commemoration of dead, helping of the core of community for neophytes in learning religious knowledge.
old believers, religious education, Fedoseevtsy, Filllipovtsy, Pomortsy, family, community, field research

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Vorontsova Elena

Kolkunova Kseniia
DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturI201562.81-93
Since early 1990s sociologists of religion have been noticing in the USA and Europe an appearance of a group, self-identifying as spiritual, but not religious. The word spirituality has been gaining popularity on political, media, and scientifi c levels. Alongside this tendency the number of «spiritual but not religious» grows. First, this group was discovered among baby-boomers with higher level of individualism, aversion of religious institutes, reaching out for personal experience. Now these groups are discovered in different countries, Russia included. This paper reviews several surveys conveyed in the US, Great Britain, Austria. Surveys show that the group of spiritual but not religious is usually heterogeneous, with unifying feature for them would be not common notion of spirituality, but mostly general distrust of religion. But only a part of them can be called active «bricoleurs», that is, constructs own worldview, using elements of both Eastern and Western religions, as well as New Age and secular sources.
spirituality, religiosity, sociology of religion, psychology of religion

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Kolkunova Kseniia

Orekhanov Iurii, archpriest
DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturI201562.94-112
The article is devoted to the analysis of the phenomenon of «Patchwork-Religiosität» in today’s youth, which is popular in the Western religious studies. The author believes that the «Patchwork-Religiosität» is one of the essential features of the current religious situation. There are three main aspects of the analysis: substantial, functional and discursive. In the first part of the article the author examines the comprehension of the content of the phenomenon of «Patchwork-Religiosität» in modern German theology, sociology and psychology of religion. In the second part different approaches, in which this phenomenon becomes a matter of analysis, are discussed as sociological incident, as a problem of church organizations and as a challenge to theology. As a result, the author shows that the «Patchwork-Religiosität» has become one of the most eff ective forms of resistance to the charms of the world based on material of German research. At the same time, this phenomenon is a real challenge to traditional religious communities in Germany for the past 25 years. Not only sociological approaches play a significant role in learning but also psychological approaches. The focus of this article is a review of some religious trends among young people in the context of modern German experience. It can be noted that the actual scientific topic is one of the most important tendency in the religious life of today’s young people: the presence of secularization and appearance of a particular kind of religiosity. This kind of religiosity needs unique religious experience characterized by the following three common features: a) subcultural context i.e. religious self-determination within a certain subculture; b) the singular gap i.e. a total departure from traditional notions of religion itself and Christianity in particular, and as a result, the rejection of «the faith of the fathers»; c) Lastly, «Patchwork-identity» or «Patchwork-Religiosität» is a special phenomenon in the religious life of modern European youth, characterized by the desire of the self-building their religious scale and formulate ethical principles. At the same time the material for this religious work can serve completely heterogeneous theories and practices. It appears that the «Patchwork-Religiosität» as a religious phenomenon has been knowing and studying in Europe for about 40 years, but it isn’t presented very good in the Russian historiography. This article is devoted to the detailed description of this phenomenon on the material of German research.
Religiosity, Individualization of the Religious experience, Infl uence of the Tradition, Functional Aspects of the Religion

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Shokhin Vladimir

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Shilov Evgenii, priest

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