Course Content (Syllabus)
This course is aiming at enhancing the spirituality of the East Slavic societies as imprinted and continues to evolve in the various encounters of their theology with both history and spiritual/material civilization. The following topics are analyzed: Characteristics of the Russian spirituality: monasticism, fool-for-Christ behavior, perpetual immigration. Extreme types of asceticism. The “poetics” of deviation within the sects and the Old Believers’ schism. The influence of German mysticism in Russian spirituality. The spirituality in Russian philosophy (Berdyaev, Bulgakov, Florensky) and literature (Gogol, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy). Lay spirituality: The troubadours of faith, the enchanted folk tale, the Lubok [popular print], the box, the Matryoska Doll. Socio-ecclesiastical roots of the Russian nihilism and anarchism. The October Revolution. Homo Sovieticus. The name of the Father: key for understanding.