St. Tikhon’s University Review . Series I: Theology. Philosophy. Religious Studies

St. Tikhon’s University Review I :101


Borshch Irina

Opposition "charismatic – institutional" in the Church Law theory of Eugenio Corecco (1931-1995)

Borshch Irina (2022) "Opposition "charismatic – institutional" in the Church Law theory of Eugenio Corecco (1931-1995) ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia I : Bogoslovie. Filosofiia. Religiovedenie, 2022, Iss. 101, pp. 9-25 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturI2022101.9-25
The opposition of the categories of institutional and charismatic leadership has become a common topic of discussion in the social science of the XX century. However, this opposition has been discussed not only in sociology and political science, but also in theology and church law. This article is devoted to the charismatic-institutional concept of Eugenio Corecco (1931-1995), a Swiss Catholic canonist, Bishop of Lugano, a participant of the legal reform process in Catholic church law in the second half of the XX century. His concept was influenced by the legal theory of the German Catholic canonist Klaus Mersdorf, the ecclesiology of the Second Vatican Council, the ideas about the charisma of the founder of the Communione e Liberazione (Communion and Liberation) movement Luigi Giussani and, finally, the reform of the 1983 Code of Canon Law. The first part of the article discuss how Corecco approaches the problem of church institutions in the modern era, critically starting from the legacy of the Church Public Law school of the XIX - early XX centuries. The second part is devoted to solving the institution-charisma problem in Corecco’s theology of law. It is shown how from the ideas of the Munich school, founded by Mörsdorf, about the Word and the Sacrament as the pillars of church legal order, the Swiss canonist comes to the idea of charisma as an essential element of church order. Referring to the canonical theory of the Protestant lawer Rudolf Sohm about the antagonism of law and the spiritual nature of the Church, Corecco suggests solving this dilemma through the term communio, which is key for the ecclesiology of the Second Vatican Council. He emphasizes that law serves church communion, therefore, along with the liturgical heritage, the charismatic experience of the past and present should be reflected in the canons of church law. In the third part, the problem of charisma is clarified in connection with a priest status and preaching in modern and postmodern society. According to Corecco, the necessary response to the crisis of church discipline in the Catholic Church of the 1960s and 1970s could be found in the attempts of canonists to rethink the relations of the episcopate, clergy and laity in the Church. In this context, he particularly emphasizes the importance of the including of charismatic element in the reformed post-conciliar Catholic theology and church law.
charisma, church institution, church law, canon law, Catholic Church, Eugenio Corecco, history of legal thought
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Borshch Irina

Academic Degree: Candidate of Sciences* in Legal Science;
Place of work: St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University for the Humanities; Moscow, Russia;
Post: senior researcher;
ORCID: 0000-0002-3172-2896;
Email: borchtch@yandex.ru.

*According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, the degree of Candidate of Sciences (Cand.Sc.) belongs to ISCED level 8 — "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar.

The research was carried out at the expense of a grant from the Russian Science Foundation (project no. 19-78-10143). Organization of the project: St. Tikhon's Orthodox University for the Humanities.
Maksimov Alexey, priest

“The way God expects the Church to go in the third millennium”. Synodality in the Catholic Church today: theological aspects and challenges

Maksimov Alexey (2022) "“The way God expects the Church to go in the third millennium”. Synodality in the Catholic Church today: theological aspects and challenges ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia I : Bogoslovie. Filosofiia. Religiovedenie, 2022, Iss. 101, pp. 26-41 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturI2022101.26-41
The article is devoted to the consideration of such a phenomenon in theology and ecclesiology of the modern Catholic Church as synodality. In October 2021, the first phase of the XVI General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops of the Catholic Church dedicated to this topic was opened. The neologism “synodality” has been updated in Catholic theology since the pontificate of Pope Francis. Synodality is becoming one of the priority terms not only of the papal Magisterium, but also of that extensive theological reflection, which is trying not only to provide a fairly stable place for the new concept in modern Catholic ecclesiology, but also to find an adequate and relevant definition and argumentation for it. This is not about the accidental characteristics of synodal ecclesiology, but about attempts to develop an authentic theology of synodality, which, in its intuitions, seeks to embrace such a well-known and popular ecclesiological category of the Orthodox East as «sobornost’». Synodality, as the author tries to illustrate, goes far beyond hierarchical structures, representing in fact a special manner of existence and response (modus vivendi et operandi) of the Church as the People of God, a kind of her entelechy, rather than a purely operational method. Encompassing the entire spectrum of the relationship between the social and mystical dimensions of the Church, its institutional and charismatic character, its being ad intra and its missionary outcome ad extra, modern Catholic ecclesiology strives to give the theme of synodality not a functional character, but a priority, essential dimension of the Church and her mission in this the world.
Catholic Church, collegiality, Synod, synodality, ecclesiology, theology, People of God, Pope Francis, communion, mission
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Maksimov Alexey, priest

Academic Degree: Master of Ttheology;
Place of work: Sretensky Theological Academy; Moscow, Russia;
Post: Senior Lecturer;
ORCID: 0000-0001-7296-1933;
Email: alessiomaks@gmail.com.


Polyakov Andrey

Religious philosophy of Thomas Chubb

Polyakov Andrey (2022) "Religious philosophy of Thomas Chubb ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia I : Bogoslovie. Filosofiia. Religiovedenie, 2022, Iss. 101, pp. 45-56 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturI2022101.45-56
The article presents a brief biography of the little-studied British deist Thomas Chubb (1679-1747) and a reconstruction of his ideas about capabilities of human mind. The goal of this article is to study the religious philosophy of T. Chubb that Russian studies does not distinguish from ideas of other deists. That is why the idea of the phenomenon of deism is still less clear in relation to foreign studies. The article analyzes and presents Chubbs concepts about the independence of religious truths from human perception, that are presented in «Discourse concerning Reason, with Regard to Religion and Divine Revelation» (1733) and «An Enquiry into the Ground and Foundation of Religion». The article documents that the English philosopher formulated three "author's" truths of natural religion: there is an initial difference between objects, independent of human perception; this distinction is the basis for human behavior; God made these foundations a moral rule for all people and for himself. The work identifies and analyzes the definition of the phenomenon of "deism" in Chubb's treatises, as well as an assessment of his philosophy in the context of this definition – the natural religion of reason or belief and just and sense of a Deity impressed upon the mind, and is the governing principle of a man’s-affections and actions. The correlation of the ideas of Thomas Chubb and Matthew Tindal is analyzed. At the end of the article, a brief conclusion is made about the place of T. Chubbs philosophy to deism in general. The author of this work believes that despite the absence of references to other deists by the English philosopher, the ideas of this thinker fit into their religious and philosophical system, specifically about the issue of understanding natural religion. The sources of this article are treaties «The Sufficiency of Reason in Matters of Religion, Farther Considered» (1732), «Discourse concerning Reason, with Regard to Religion and Divine Revelation» (1733), «Some reflections upon the comparative excellency and usefulness of moral and positive duties» (1733), «The true Gospel of Jesus Christ Asserted»(1741) and several other treatises.
deism, morality, religious philosophy, natural religion, Thomas Chubb, Herbert of Cherbury, Matthew Tindal
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Polyakov Andrey

Student status: Graduate student;
Place of study: Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Moscow, Russia;
Post: Junior Fellow;
ORCID: 0000-0003-1065-1352;
Email: Beatit10@yandex.ru.
Solovev Artem

Secular as political theology in russian religious philosophy of the first half of the 20th century

Solovev Artem (2022) "Secular as political theology in russian religious philosophy of the first half of the 20th century ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia I : Bogoslovie. Filosofiia. Religiovedenie, 2022, Iss. 101, pp. 57-81 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturI2022101.57-81
The article is devoted to the problem of understanding the secular as political theology in Russian religious philosophy of the first half of the 20th century. The connection between the concept of «political theology» and the concept of «secular» is carried out in accordance with the approach of K. Schmitt. Schmitt’s approach is proposed to be expanded to understand political theology as borrowing the structure of theistic theology by other means for secular purposes. In the article, this approach is used to identify what can be defined as the analysis of «political theologies» in the works of Russian religious philosophers of the first half of the 20th century. The study determines that the secular as political theology appears as the «religion of anthropolatry» of the Russian intelligentsia for Merezhkovsky and Bulgakov, and appears as the mythology of communism for Losev and Florensky. The article concludes that the political theologies of socialism and communism are the result of the secularization of the Jewish apocalyptic and Christian chiliasm for Bulgakov, Berdyaev, Losev. Whereas, socialism and communism are secular variants of Gnosticism, which he defines as «the heresy of utopianism» from Frank’s point of view. The article concludes that understanding of the secular as political theology allows us to interpret the phenomenon of religious conversion, which is considered as the beginning of Russian religious philosophy, as a transition from political theology to theistic theology, and not just as a transition from atheism and skepticism to faith. It also states the possibility of applying the concept of confessionalization to understand cultural criticism of modern political theologies by Russian religious philosophers of the first half of the 20th century.
Russian religious philosophy, secular, political theology, religion of anthropolatry, apocalyptics, myth, cult, Merezhkovsky, Bulgakov, Berdyaev, Frank, Florensky, Losev, religious conversion, confessionalization
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Solovev Artem

Academic Degree: Candidate of Sciences* in Philosophy;
Place of work: Kazan Federal University; Kazan, Russia;
Post: Head of the Department of Religious Studies;
ORCID: 0000-0003-4376-9752;
Email: artstudium@yandex.ru.

*According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, the degree of Candidate of Sciences (Cand.Sc.) belongs to ISCED level 8 — "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar.

Sleptsova Valeriya

Criticism of positive theistic arguments in the polemic of theism and atheism

Sleptsova Valeriya (2022) "Criticism of positive theistic arguments in the polemic of theism and atheism ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia I : Bogoslovie. Filosofiia. Religiovedenie, 2022, Iss. 101, pp. 82-95 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturI2022101.82-95
In the article the author analyzes the arguments of the theist W.L. Craig for the existence of the omnipotent, all-good, timeless God of classical theism as well as counter-arguments of W. Sinnot-Armstrong. W.L. Craig used five arguments, they are Kalam cosmological argument, fine-tuning argument, objective moral values argument, argument from the testimonies of the gospels and argument from religious experience. Craig seeks to show that when we take all these arguments together, they increase the probability of the existence of the God of classical theism. Sinnot-Armstrong, in turn, criticized all these arguments and seeks to show with varying levels of credibility that every Craig’s argument can be refuted within the framework of an atheistic approach. He exposes the argument from the existence of objective moral values to the most detailed criticism, while speaking from the position of moral realism and Platonism. Sinnot-Armstrong criticized fine-tuning argument least convincingly. He accepted the fact that there is no good atheistic response to this argument, but he used usual rhetorical attacks against theism. He uncritically repeated the model of the war between science and religion. As a result of the analysis of the controversy between Craig and Sinnot-Armstrong, the author of the article comes to several conclusions. Firstly, atheism is combined with various metaphysical attitudes, from naturalism to Platonism. Secondly, an atheist may hold different views on the problem of free will between determinism and indeterminism. Thus, since atheism is very heterogeneous in itself, most of the Sinnot-Armstrong counter-arguments are not universally applicable to atheists.
Atheism, cosmological argument, fine-tuning argument, Kalam cosmological argument, objective moral values, religious experience, theism
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  8. Lushnikov D. (2018) “Teizm i novyi ateizm″: k voprosu o polemike A. Plantingi i D. Dennetta” [Theism and “New Atheism”: on the controversy between A. Plantinga and D. Dennett]. Trudy kafedry bogosloviya SPbDA, vol. 1 (2), pp. 19–32 (in Russian).
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  14. Sleptsova V. (2019) “Kosmologicheskii argument v sovremennoi polemike teizma i ateizma (debaty Dzh. Kholdeina i Dzh. Smarta)” [The cosmological argument in the modern polemic of theism and atheism (debate between J. Haldane and J. Smart)]. Trudy kafedry bogosloviia SPbDA, vol. 1 (3), pp. 112–120 (in Russian).
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Sleptsova Valeriya

Academic Degree: Candidate of Sciences* in Philosophy;
Place of work: Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences; 12/1 Goncharnaia Str., 109240, Moscow, Russian Federation;
ORCID: 0000-0002-4490-4066;
Email: leka.nasonova@gmail.com.

*According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, the degree of Candidate of Sciences (Cand.Sc.) belongs to ISCED level 8 — "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar.


Zhdanov Vladimir

Myth, gods, man: "speculative theology" as a cultural and religious phenomenon of Ancient Egyptian thought of the 15th-13th centuries BC

Zhdanov Vladimir (2022) "Myth, gods, man: "speculative theology" as a cultural and religious phenomenon of Ancient Egyptian thought of the 15th-13th centuries BC ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia I : Bogoslovie. Filosofiia. Religiovedenie, 2022, Iss. 101, pp. 99-117 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturI2022101.99-117
This paper studies the features of the so-called “speculative theology” of Amun-Re, the most prominent trend of ancient Egyptian religious and theological thought of the XV-XIII centuries BC on the example of two of its most significant texts, Cairo (Pap. Boulaq 17 Pap. Kairo CG 58038) and Leiden (Pap. Leiden I 350) hymns to Amun. Unlike earlier forms of Egyptian spiritual culture, for the first time in the history of ancient Egyptian religion, it creates the image of a transcendent deity, the connection of the believer with whom is now carried out through direct personal contact, and not through traditional forms of worship for the Egyptian religion. At the same time, many features of the image of Amun in the Theban “speculative theology” of the New Kingdom can already be considered as an attempt at a fundamentally new reflection of traditional categories of ancient Egyptian culture, such as, for example, “Maat” (world-order, justice, truth), both based on traditional values and departing from them. The reason for this was the crisis of traditional ideas about Maat after the Amarna era, which fundamentally changed the nature of popular piety and at the same time the basic principles of Egyptian religious and political ethics. From the point of view of the mythogenic conception of the genesis of philosophy, “speculative theology” - both in Egypt of the New Kingdom and somewhat later in archaic Greece – is of exceptional interest as the most important "transitional form" on the path of transformation of primitive myth into philosophical discourse and at the same time an interesting example of the interpenetration and joint evolution of mythological, religious and emerging philosophical worldview. Not always turning into a full-fledged philosophical tradition (this is exactly what happens, in particular, with the Theban “speculative theology” of Amun-Re), it nevertheless demonstrates the complex ways of transforming the spiritual world of the ancient man of the Eastern Mediterranean, thanks to which the spiritual transformation of the "axial time" became possible in many ways. By the example of the image of Amun, the transformation of ideas about religious experience in the Egyptian culture of the era of the New Kingdom is also studied.
pre-philosophy, theology, mythology, axial age, divinity, theocosmogony, Amun
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Zhdanov Vladimir

Academic Degree: Doctor of Sciences* in Philosophy;
Academic Rank: Associate Professor;
Place of work: Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University); Moscow, Russia;
ORCID: 0000-0002-0239-6315;
Email: tashidelek23@gmail.com.

*According to ISCED 2011, a post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences (D.Sc.) is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates.

This paper has been supported by the RUDN University Strategic Academic Leadership Program, and was funded by the Russian Science Foundation, grant no. 22-28-00162, “The 'Axial Age' Conception in Intercultural Dialogue”.
Khitruk Ekaterina

Thinking of a human in the context of the memetic theory of religion: from the “image and likeness” to the “vehicle”

Khitruk Ekaterina (2022) "Thinking of a human in the context of the memetic theory of religion: from the “image and likeness” to the “vehicle” ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia I : Bogoslovie. Filosofiia. Religiovedenie, 2022, Iss. 101, pp. 118-135 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturI2022101.118-135
The article is devoted to the study of the idea of a human in the context of the modern memetic theory of religion. The work consistently reveals the main provisions of the memetic concept in the works of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Susan Blackmore. Richard Dawkins is regarded as the founder of the replicator-centric interpretation of the evolutionary process, which contributed to the formation of the idea of the meme as a unit of cultural information. Memes compete with each other in the process of cultural evolution, pursuing their own benefits, regardless of the possible benefits of host organisms. To such "selfish" memes, R. Dawkins, first of all, refers to religious ideas. R. Dawkins' concept has a popular scientific character and its author, considering a person to be a bearer of memes, does not clarify the ways of interaction between specific memes and the human mind. This philosophical aspect of the memetic concept is developed in the theory of Daniel Dennett, who, distracting from the scientific (biological) context, builds a naturalistic metanarrative based on the concept of memes. D. Dennett argues that the human mind is not only an effective means of transportation for memes, but also literally an artifact created in the process of memetic evolution and acquired, thanks to it, a tendency to select and prefer certain (evolutionarily successful) types of memes ... Such an interpretation of man is consolidated in the psychological theory of S. Blackmore, who asserts that the theory of memes finally and convincingly debunks both the religious ideas about the free and autonomous personality of God, who is responsible for the existence of the world, and the traditional ideas about the free and autonomous personality of man, who is responsible both for his own existence in general, and, in particular, for the morally significant decisions of their lives. S. Blackmore proposes to consolidate the new concept of a person as a vehicle with appropriate psychological techniques that get rid of the "false" feelings of their own autonomy and freedom. The author of this article considers the memetic concept of religion, culture and man as a non-trivial version of classical naturalism and suggests the possible productivity of criticism of this concept based on the unique Christian interpretation of personality as irreducibility to nature.
evolution, meme, memetics, atheism, Christianity, human philosophy, philosophy of religion, Christian anthropology
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  4. Borisov E. (2009) Osnovnye cherty postmetafi zicheskoi ontologii [The main features of postmetaphysical ontology]. Tomsk: Izdatel′stvo Tomskogo universiteta (in Russian).
  5. Dawkins R. (1989) The Selfish Gene. Moscow: Corpus AST (Russian translation).
  6. Dawkins R. (2008) The God Delusion. Moscow: Izdatel′stvo KoLibri (Russian translation).
  7. Dekart R. (1989) Sochineniya v 2 tomakh [Works in 2 vols]. Vol. 1. Moscow: Mysl′ (Russian translation).
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  10. Dennett D. (2008) “Toward a Buyer’s Guide to Religions”. Logos, vol. 4 (67), рр. 3–27 (Russian translation).
  11. Geertz A.W. (2013) “New atheistic approaches in the cognitive science of religion: on Daniel Dennett Breaking the spell (2006) and Richard Dawkins the God delusion (2006)”. Gosudarstvo, religiia, Tserkov′ v Rossii i za rubezhom, vol. 3 (31), pp. 77–109 (Russian translation).
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  16. Polyakov E. (2010) “Memetika: nauka ili paradigma?” [Memetics: science or paradigm?]. Bulletin of Voronezh State University. Series: Philosophy, vol. 2, pp. 160–165 (in Russian).
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Khitruk Ekaterina

Academic Degree: Doctor of Sciences* in Philosophy;
Place of work: Tomsk State University; Tomsk, Russia;
Post: Professor;
ORCID: 0000-0002-2522-3070;
Email: lubomudreg@gmail.com.

*According to ISCED 2011, a post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences (D.Sc.) is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates.


Rumyantsev Dmitry

Vasiliy Rozanov’s letters to the neighbours — Rev. of

Rumyantsev Dmitry (2022) "Vasiliy Rozanov’s letters to the neighbours". Rev. of , Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia I : Bogoslovie. Filosofiia. Religiovedenie, 2022, Iss. 101, pp. 139-144 (in Russian).


Rumyantsev Dmitry

Post: Independent Researcher; Moscow, Russia;
ORCID: 0000-0003-3497-0083;
Email: rumiantsev.da@ya.ru.